Questions about symbols

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Does the '¢' in the US cent sign stand for 'cent'?

What's the origin of the ¢ in the US cent sign and when was it first introduced?

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Is a question mark a full stop?

A question mark is used to indicate the end of a question. Which other functions does it have?

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Is emoji a type of language?

Emojis are everywhere – but do they count as a language? We explore the issue.

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What do you call the dot above the letters i and j?

The dot above the letters i and j has a name – do you know what it’s called?

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What is the name of the # symbol?

What would you call the # symbol? It actually has a number of different names. Watch our video to find out what it's different uses and names are.

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What is the origin of the ampersand (&)?

The ampersand is the ‘&’ symbol that stands in place of ‘and’ – but where did it get its curious shape, and how long have people been using it?

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What is the origin of the dollar sign ($)?

Have you ever wondered where the dollar ($) sign came from? Our video explains the origin, and it might be different to what you think.

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What is the origin of the pound sign (£)?

Have you ever wondered where the pound (£) sign came from? Our video explains the origin, and it might be different to what you think.

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What is the origin of the question mark?

What is the origin of the question mark? Rather fittingly, the answer is somewhat clouded in myth and mystery… we ask some searching questions on the topic.

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What is the origin of the '@' sign?

The @ sign is one that lots of us use every day, but where did it come from? Our video will tell you about its roots, and how it was used historically.