|In Unicode||U+2713 ✓ CHECK MARK (✓, ✓)|
A check mark (American English), checkmark (Philippine English), tickmark (Indian English) or tick (Australian, New Zealand English, and British English) is a mark (✓, ✔, etc.) used, primarily in the English-speaking world, to indicate the concept "yes" (e.g. "yes; this has been verified", "yes; that is the correct answer", "yes; this has been completed", or "yes; this [item or option] applies to me"). The x mark is also sometimes used for this purpose (most notably on election ballot papers, e.g. in the United Kingdom), but otherwise usually indicates "no", incorrectness, or failure. One of the earliest usages of a check mark as an indication of completion is on ancient Babylonian tablets "where small indentations were sometimes made with a stylus, usually placed at the left of a worker's name, presumably to indicate whether the listed ration has been issued."
As a verb, to check (off) or tick (off), means to add such a mark. Printed forms, printed documents, and computer software (see checkbox), commonly include squares in which to place check marks.
The check mark is a predominant affirmative symbol of convenience in the English-speaking world because of its instant and simple composition. In other countries, however, the mark is more complicated.
In Finnish, ✓ stands for väärin, i.e., "wrong", due to its similarity to a slanted v. The opposite, "correct", is marked with , a slanted vertical line emphasized with two dots.
In the Netherlands a 'V' is used to show that things are missing while the flourish of approval (or krul) is used for approving a section or sum.
- U+237B ⍻ NOT CHECK MARK
- U+2611 ☑ BALLOT BOX WITH CHECK
- U+2705 ✅ WHITE HEAVY CHECK MARK
- U+2713 ✓ CHECK MARK
- U+2714 ✔ HEAVY CHECK MARK
- U+1F5F8 🗸 LIGHT CHECK MARK
- U+1F5F9 🗹 BALLOT BOX WITH BOLD CHECK
- Tenney, Jonathan S. (2011-07-12). Life at the Bottom of Babylonian Society. BRILL. doi:10.1163/ej.9789004206892.i-268. ISBN 978-90-04-20704-2.
- "bock". Svensk ordbok utgiven av Svenska Akademien (in Swedish). Swedish Academy.
- "bock". Svenska Akademiens ordlista (in Swedish). Swedish Academy.
- "bock". Svenska Akademiens ordbok (in Swedish). Vol. 5. Swedish Academy. 1917.
- Version 3.2 of the Unicode Standard, General Punctuation 2002-03-27
- "Internationalization". W3.org. W3C. Retrieved 2021-09-06.
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