What’s in a Symbol?
Most editors encounter at least the occasional symbol in the documents they edit, so it’s good to know a little bit about them. Thanks to Unicode, it’s easy to find out a symbol’s name—which can help you figure out whether it’s the right one in the right context.
Each question in the quiz below features a description of a symbol (also called a sign) followed by the symbol itself. Choose the name that matches the symbol. (We’ve used the standard Unicode names.) Then submit your answers to find out if you were right. The answers reveal the Unicode numbers and related info. Take the quiz to learn more.
CMOS introduces Unicode in paragraph 11.2. But only some of the symbols in this quiz can be found in the Manual—for example, in tables 11.4 (Greek) and 12.1 (math). So we went right to the source and based our information on the Unicode character code charts. On that page you can enter a Unicode number from the answer to find the corresponding chart and learn more—including information about related symbols.
For tips on using Unicode symbols in MS Word and Google Docs, see the Shop Talk post “Word vs. Docs for Editors” (under the section “Insert Unicode Characters”).
Note: If any of the symbols in this quiz don’t show up on your screen, it could mean your operating system is missing the required fonts. Updating your OS may resolve the problem.
Chicago Style Workout 69: Name That Symbol
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