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Dagger (typography)

A dagger (†) is a typographical symbol or glyph. A double dagger (‡) is a variant with two "handles". It is also called an obelisk, named after a structure that resembles it slightly physically.

The dagger is used to indicate a footnote, in the same way an asterisk is. However, the dagger is only used as a second footnote when an asterisk is already used. Third footnote employs the double daggers. Additional footnotes are somewhat inconsistent and represented by a variety of symbols, some of which are non-existent in early modern typography. Partly due to this, in modern literature, superscript[?] numerals are used in the place of pictorial symbols.

Since it also represents the Christian cross, in certain predominantly Christian regions, the mark is used in a text after the name of a deceased person or the date of death. (For examples, see biographies on German Wikipedia (http://de.wikipedia.org).)



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