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Daggers and Double Daggers : Punctuation

Wayne McMaster

8 March 2017

While we are at home concieving 'big ideas' we always have one eye on the detail. An area we are keen interest on is typography and in particuIar punctuation— especially lesser known typographical punctuation characters. When writing articles, particulary white papers, footnotes are used to acknowledge material that is not our own. This is where the dagger and the double dagger also known as the Obelisk and the Diesis come into their own. They they do have other uses however the most widely known use for both of them is when using footnotes after the more common asterisk (*).

*This is the first footnote

†This is the second footnote

‡This is the third footnote

The dagger also has a more morbid use to indicate death when placed immediately before or after a person’s name: †King Henry VIII. And when inserted beside a year it symbolises the year of death (the asterisk can be used in the same way for the year of birth): †1547

Another use from the Oxford English Dictionary is to indicate an obsolete word alongside the label Obs.
http://public.oed.com/how-to-use-the-oed/glossary/

And it doesn’t stop there, this Wikipedia page lists several other uses including chess where the dagger can be used to infer that a move resulted in a check and the double dagger a check mate, in cricket it indicates the wicket keeper and in physics a Hermitian adjoint.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermitian_adjoint


How do we insert the dagger?

On Windows:
Hold down the ALT key and type 0135 on the keypad

On Mac OS:
Hold down the Shift and Option keys then press 7

In HTML:
‡ or ‡


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