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The section sign (Unicode U+00A7 § section sign, HTML §, TeX \S) is a typographical character used mainly to refer to a particular section of a document, such as a legal code.[1] It is also called "double S", "hurricane", and "sectional symbol".

The likely origin of the section sign is the digraph formed by the combination of two S glyphs (from the Latin signum sectiōnis). When duplicated, as §§, it is read as the plural "sections" (e.g. "§§ 13–21"), much as "pp." (pages) is the plural of "p.".

It is frequently used along with the pilcrow (¶), or paragraph sign. Like the dagger (†) and double dagger (‡), it is also sometimes used to link to a footnote where the asterisk (*) is already in use on a given page; however, these usages are declining[citation needed] in favor of numbered footnotes, usually put in superscript or square brackets.

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In popular culture[edit]

A modified version of the section sign is used in the Maxis games SimCity 3000 and later and in The Sims series, as the symbol of the in-game currency, the simoleon. The symbol is used like the $ sign to denote the US dollar.

In Minecraft, the section sign is used to create color text. However, you cannot paste it in directly nor type it in an unmodified version unless you type it in a book.

The sections symbol is used to denote chapters and sections in David Foster Wallace's novel The Pale King, left unfinished with his death in 2008, which deals heavily with the labour and lives of American IRS workers.

The section symbol is used in the 2012 computer game XCOM: Enemy Unknown as a nationality-neutral currency symbol.

The section symbol is used by horse racing rating service Timeform to denote a horse is unreliable.[4] Such a horse is usually referred to as a "squiggle horse".

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Legal Research and Citation Style in USA, by Ronald M. Standler". 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-15. 
  2. ^ "The Gtk Compose Table - Ubuntu Documentation". Retrieved 2013-10-08. 
  3. ^ "X11 compose key sequences". Retrieved 2013-10-08. 
  4. ^ "Abbreviations". Timeform.com. Retrieved 2014-04-08. 

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