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Translingual[edit]

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Unicode name SEMICOLON
Unicode block Basic Latin
Codepoint U+003B
: ← Basic Latin → <
Character  ; 
Unicode name GREEK QUESTION MARK
Unicode block Greek and Coptic
Codepoint U+037E
ͽ ← Greek and Coptic → ΄

Etymology[edit]

The Italian printer Aldus Manutius established the practice of using the semicolon mark to separate words of opposed meaning, and to indicate interdependent statements. The earliest, general use of the semicolon in English was in 1591.

Punctuation mark[edit]

;

  1. Indicates a pause longer than the comma and shorter than a period/full stop.
  2. Represents two eyes vertically aligned, the lower one blinking, in order to form emoticons.
  3. (programming) the end of a statement in some programming languages

Usage notes[edit]

Quotations[edit]

Derived terms[edit]

  • (small form variant)

See also[edit]

Punctuation


Greek[edit]

Punctuation mark[edit]

; or ;

  1. ? (the Greek question mark)
    Με συγχωρείτε· πού είναι οι τουαλέτες;   (Excuse me; where are the toilets?)

Usage notes[edit]

  • While there is a specific character for solely the Greek question mark (; – U+037E), the regular semicolon (U+003B) is preferred.
  • In Greek a semicolon is represented by · (U+0387), named the άνω τελεία (áno teleía, upper stop).