Tag Archives: brackets

  1. What Are The ( ) { } [ ] And ⟨ ⟩?

    Though these odd symbols—( ), [ ], { }, and ⟨ ⟩—regularly appear on our books and screens, they all have odd, unexpected origins. What is the ( )? The most familiar of these unusual symbols is probably the ( ), called parentheses. Fun fact: One of them is called a parenthesis, and as a pair the plural are parentheses. Parenthesis literally means “to put …