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oikein (correct) +‎ merkki (sign)



  1. A symbol consisting of a slash (/) and two dots, one on the upper left side of the slash and the other on the lower right side. Alternative way to describe the symbol is that it's like a %-sign in which the o's are replaced with dots. This symbol is used in Finland to indicate agreement, correctness or acknowledgement. When ticking a box, an X (rasti) is normally used as the sign of acceptance.
    Ilmaise halusi vastaanottaa markkinointimateriaalia merkitsemällä rasti ruutuun.
    Indicate that you are willing to receive marketing material by putting a tick in the box.
  2. checkmark, tick (mark made to indicate agreement, correctness or acknowledgement); see also "Usage notes" below.


Usage notes[edit]

In Finland, the ()-sign (tick or checkmark in English) is normally used to signify "incorrect" or "unacceptable". The habit has its origins in the old parish registers which had a column for registering parishioners' reading skills. X in that column meant "good", Y "fair",  %-sign with dots "acceptable", and V marked "failed". V is also the first letter of the word väärin (false, incorrect).

Related terms[edit]


  • (-sign when used to indicate incorrectness): pukki