Saturday, 30 November 2013


Below are a list of the main Parenthicals used in type, along with their meanings (or  definition) and an example to clarify. I feel this is an important part of research as they are all used in different ways, for different things. This will need to be taken into consideration when designing and generating further ideas.

The Bracket:

( ) [ ]

There are two main types of brackets.
Round brackets
Round brackets (also called parentheses) are mainly used to separate off information that isn’t essential to the meaning of the rest of the sentence. If you removed the bracketed material the sentence would still make perfectly good sense. 
Square brackets 
Square brackets are mainly used to enclose words added by someone other than the original writer or speaker, typically in order to clarify the situation.

The Hashtag:
A word or phrase preceded by a hash sign (#), used on social media sites such as Twitter to identify messages on a specific topic:spammers often broadcast tweets with popular hashtags even if the tweet has nothing to do with them
the hashtag #riotcleanup is being used by community members to coordinate some post-riot street-cleaning.

The hash sign (#):Hunt mistook an @ for a hashtag while tweeting derogatory thoughts about him.

The Dash:
Dashes are the least forma. Used for adding additional information to help a reader understand more context.
With the homeless now crowding the streets of cities that once hardly knew them — like Portland, Oregon — Clinton has effectively criminalized the poor.

The Askterisk:
A symbol (*) used in text as a pointer to an annotation or footnote.
[with object]
Mark (a word or piece of text) with an asterisk: (as adjective asteriskedasterisked entries.

The Comma:
Used to indiciate a pause in type for the viewer reading.

Abbreviation of postscript.
An additional remark at the end of a letter, after the signature and introduced by ‘PS’.