Check mark

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Check mark
heavy check mark ballot box with check white heavy check mark
Punctuation
apostrophe   '
brackets [ ]  ( )  { }  ⟨ ⟩
colon :
comma ,  ،  
dash ‒  –  —  ―
ellipsis   ...      
exclamation mark  !
full stop, period .
guillemets ‹ ›  « »
hyphen
hyphen-minus -
question mark  ?
quotation marks ‘ ’  “ ”  ' '  " "
semicolon ;
slash, stroke, solidus /    
Word dividers
interpunct ·
space     
General typography
ampersand &
asterisk *
at sign @
backslash \
basis point
bullet
caret ^
dagger † ‡ ⹋
degree °
ditto mark
equals sign =
inverted exclamation mark ¡
inverted question mark ¿
komejirushi, kome, reference mark
multiplication sign ×
number sign, pound, hash #
numero sign
obelus ÷
ordinal indicator º ª
percent, per mil  % ‰
plus, minus + −
plus-minus, minus-plus ± ∓
pilcrow
prime     
section sign §
tilde ~
underscore, understrike _
vertical bar, pipe, broken bar |    ¦
Intellectual property
copyright ©
copyleft 🄯
sound-recording copyright
registered trademark ®
service mark
trademark
Currency
currency sign ¤

؋฿¢$֏ƒ£元 圆 圓 ¥ 円

Uncommon typography
asterism
fleuron, hedera
index, fist
interrobang
irony punctuation
lozenge
tie
Related
In other scripts

A check mark, checkmark or tick 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.

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.

International differences[edit]

The check mark is a predominant affirmative symbol of convenience in the English-speaking world because of its instant and facile composition. In other countries, however, the mark is more complicated.

It is common in Swedish schools for a ✓ to indicate that an answer is incorrect, while "R", from the Swedish rätt, i.e., "correct", is used to indicate that an answer is correct. In the Canadian province of Quebec, it is also common for schools to use ✓ to indicate an incorrect answer. A stylistic "B", from the French Bien or Bon (i.e. "good") is used to indicate a correct answer.

In Finnish, ✓ stands for väärin, i.e., "wrong", due to its similarity to a slanted v. The opposite, "right", is marked with , a slanted vertical line emphasized with two dots.

In Japan and Korea, the O mark (marujirushi) is used instead of the check mark, and the X mark is commonly used for wrong.

In the Netherlands a 'V' is used to show that things are missing while the Flourish of approval is used for approving a section or sum.

Unicode[edit]

The "Symbol, Other" category of Unicode provides various check marks:

  • 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

History[edit]

The check mark is believed to have been created during the Roman Empire. "V" was used to shorten the word "veritas", meaning 'truth'. This was used to indicate yes, true, or confirmed on items in a list. Over time, the design of the mark started to change. As people started writing more quickly, the right side became elongated.[citation needed]

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