Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 18th Mar 2015 13:39 UTC
Features, Office

Since then the β€˜%’ has gone from strength to strength, and today we revel in a whole family of β€œper β€"β€"β€"β€"” signs, with β€˜%’ joined by β€˜β€°β€™ (β€œper mille”, or per thousand) and β€˜β€±β€™ (per ten thousand). All very logical, on the face of it, and all based on a fundamental misunderstanding of how the percent sign came to be. Nina and I can comfort ourselves that we are not the first people, and likely will not be the last, to have made the same mistake.

I love stories like this. The history of our punctuation marks and symbols is often quite fascinating.

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