Two asterisks aligned vertically (war einmal: Aw: Re: Is there a Greek version of the INTERROBANG?)

Joao S. O. Bueno gwidion at
Mon Sep 21 18:52:48 CDT 2020

On Mon, 21 Sep 2020 at 17:11, Jörg Knappen via Unicode <unicode at>

> The two vertically aligned asterisks occur in traditional sequences of
> footnote markers from the 19th century and earlier. Since all other
> footnote markers are single Unicode characters it is reasonable to treat
> this one on equal footing.

This one?
 Character(code=0x2051, value='⁑', name='TWO ASTERISKS ALIGNED VERTICALLY',
category='Po', width='N')

--Jörg Knappen
> *Gesendet:* Freitag, 18. September 2020 um 22:31 Uhr
> *Von:* "abrahamgross--- via Unicode" <unicode at>
> *An:* "Doug Ewell" <doug at>
> *Cc:* unicode at, "'Marius Spix'" <marius.spix at>
> *Betreff:* Re: Is there a Greek version of the INTERROBANG?
> Not to bash on "Shady Characters: The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols,
> and Other Typographical Marks", but it doesn't really have much information
> past the what you can find on the wikipedia articles of the punctuation
> marks it talks about. also a lot of the information isn't researched
> thoroughly enough for a satisfying history of the given punctuation mark.
> Like in the asterisk chapter the author talks about how ⁑ U+2051 TWO
> ASTERISKS ALIGNED VERTICALLY is buried in the depths of unicode for some
> unknown reason, when it was used in the past for specific reasons (which is
> why unicode added it)
> 2020/09/18 午前10:40:44 Doug Ewell via Unicode <unicode at>:
> > Marius Spix wrote:
> >
> >> So you could compose an exclamation mark with a comma instead of a dot
> >> but it still does not look right
> >
> > That's because it isn't right. The exclamation mark is not derived from
> a capital I.
> >
> >> and I am not even sure, if there is any evidence for such a character.
> >
> >
> >
> > There are actually books about punctuation. One, which I regrettably do
> not yet own, is "Shady Characters: The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols,
> and Other Typographical Marks," by Keith Houston. Such works might be
> useful for answering this question and the earlier one about the origin of
> the less-than sign.
> >
> > --
> > Doug Ewell, CC, ALB | Thornton, CO, US |
> >
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