square brackets ([ ])
Definition - The name of the [ ] symbols.


1. Use them to insert missing words or letters.

He said that "[he] hoped it was true."

2. Use them as parentheses within parentheses.

In an article published in the Georgia Straight (on October 5, 1999 [at 2PM]), he claimed that ….

3. Use them to enclose sic to indicate that incorrect or unusual quoted material is not a transcription error.

"The House of Representatives shall chuse [sic] their Speaker …."

4. Use them to enclose explanatory material.

The future of carythamatics [see definition below] is rosy.

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