Ditto mark

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Ditto mark
apostrophe   '
brackets [ ]  ( )  { }  ⟨ ⟩
colon :
comma ,  ،  
dash   –  —  ―
ellipsis   ...  . . .
exclamation mark  !
full stop, period .
hyphen-minus -
question mark  ?
quotation marks ‘ ’  “ ”  ' '  " "
semicolon ;
slash, stroke, solidus /  
Word dividers
interpunct ·
General typography
ampersand &
asterisk *
at sign @
backslash \
caret ^
dagger † ‡
degree °
ditto mark
inverted exclamation mark ¡
inverted question mark ¿
number sign, pound, hash, octothorpe #
numero sign
obelus ÷
multiplication sign ×
ordinal indicator º ª
percent, per mil  % ‰
plus and minus + −
equals sign =
basis point
section sign §
tilde ~
underscore, understrike _
vertical bar, pipe, broken bar |    ¦
Intellectual property
copyright ©
sound-recording copyright
registered trademark ®
service mark
generic currency symbol ¤

฿¢$ƒ£ ¥

Uncommon typography
index, fist
irony punctuation
reference mark
In other scripts

The ditto mark (″)[1] is a typographic symbol indicating that the word(s) or figure(s) above it are to be repeated. For example:

Black pens, box of twenty  .....  £2.10
Blue  ″     ″   ″  ″      .....  £2.35

The word ditto comes from the Tuscan language, where it is the past participle of the verb dire (to say), with the meaning of “said”, as in the locution “the said story”. The first recorded use of ditto with this meaning in English occurs in 1625.[2] Early evidence of ditto marks can be seen on a cuneiform tablet of the Neo-Assyrian period (934 – 608 BC) where two vertical marks are used in a table of synonyms to repeat text,[3] while in China the corresponding mark is two horizontal lines (二); see iteration mark.

An advertisement from 1833. The second item on the list can be read as "Prime American Pork, in barrels", while the third is "Prime American Pork, in Half barrels".


Unicode has defined the ditto character as U+2033 DOUBLE PRIME (HTML &#8243;<dot-separator> &Prime;). In practice, however, from the typewriter era stems that closing double quotation marks (”) or straight double quotation marks (") are often used instead. The abbreviation do. is also used [see above]<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>.

The character U+3003 DITTO MARK (HTML &#12291;) is to be used in CJK scripts only.[4][5][6]

See also


  1. "Oxford English Dictionary". Retrieved 23 July 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Definition at The Free Dictionary
  3. K.4375 and File:Library of Ashurbanipal synonym list tablet.jpg
  4. "Unicode Standard Annex #24: Unicode Script Property". 2.9 Script_Extensions Property. Retrieved 2013-05-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "ScriptExtensions.txt". Retrieved 2013-05-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "CJK symbols and Punctuation" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-05-20.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

External links

  • The dictionary definition of at Wiktionary