Questions tagged [símbolos]

Preguntas sobre el uso y los significados de los símbolos en español.

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¿Por qué se le dice “palomita” al símbolo de verificación?

Ya se ha preguntado antes cuál es el nombre del símbolo de "✓". Pero ¿alguien sabe cómo fue que adquirió el nombre "palomita"?
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Significado de “BASTA DE # DE HAMBRE”

Veo en la imagen que encabeza esta noticia la siguiente pancarta: Texto:   BASTA    DE # DE HAMBRE A primera vista lo he leído como "BASTA DE HAMBRE", pero me llama ...
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Symbols in Spanish numbers

What is the equivalent for the number in Spanish: 1'740.720? I saw this number in an article, but don't understand the ' symbol after the one (1'). It looks like an apostrophe was placed after the ...
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Is the word “arroba” (@ on keyboard) from Arabic?

The Wikipedia page for Spanish words derived from Arabic includes “arroba”, without a definition. In Latin America it is widely used for the @symbol on computer keyboards. If arroba is derived from ...
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When is this symbol (´) used and why? [duplicate]

When and why is this symbol ´ used in Spanish words? E.g. producción, qué, cuánto, vivís, país.
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¿Es correcto llamar “acento” a una tilde?

Hice unas ediciones a una publicación modificando las referencias a los acentos para usar el término tilde. 1- Se utiliza por qué formado por dos palabras y acento tilde para preguntas. Yo asumía (...
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¿Fueron comunes en algún momento los símbolos (como “km”) con plurales volados?

Volviendo a Sevilla desde Mérida por la carretera nacional, poco antes de llegar a Santiponce se puede ver una casa bastante vieja con un cartel igual de viejo, en el que se puede leer lo siguiente: ...
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What does a quoted letter “N” following a name mean?

This article identifies two men with a quoted "N" following their names. Why? Policías de investigación del Estado de México detuvieron a Mario Alberto “N” y José Pedro “N”, presuntos autores ...
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Is there a non-PITA way to type accented Spanish characters with an English keyboard?

I know one can use a utility to copy special symbols (such as Windows' Character Map to find and copy "ñ"), and one can also use the numeric keypad and enter "Alt+0241" etc., but is there a non-PITA (...
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How to hispanicize (rather unknown) German toponyms with umlaut?

If one is interested in proper names in German, like München or Zürich, one easily knows the Spanish translation, and if not, one goes to Wikipedia and finds the translation. But what to do with ...
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Are there any studies regarding the future viability of the inverted question mark (¿)?

I guess that the Internet is a very powerful catalyst in the evolution of languages. For example, I estimated, analyzing some of my emails and a considerable percentage of any kind of messages ...
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Linguistic Use of Spanish Characters Keyboard Layout

After looking at the Spanish Keyboard that comes in Windows I have come to notice that there are 5 Dead Keys on the Spanish Keyboard layout. Name Example ´ ACUTE ACCENT más ¨ ...
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What is the symbol “&” called in Spanish?

The symbol & is a representation of the Latin word et (see DPD, Appendix 4). Wikipedia claims that the symbol itself is called et; however, the DRAE's entry for et doesn't list the symbol as a ...
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Dash and hyphen usage in Spanish

English uses at least two types of dashes (en dash and em dash) along with hyphens, and there are (fairly complex, in my opinion) rules on when and how each should be used. What types of dashes or ...
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Quotation mark usage in Spanish

In English, we have double quotation marks (") and single quotation marks ('). Spanish adds angular quotation marks (« »). What is the official rule for which type of mark should be used when in ...
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What are the accent placement rules in Spanish?

Some people have trouble determining when accent marks (tildes) should be used and where. What are the rules for accent placement in Spanish? How do you determine whether the vowel on the stressed ...