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Does this have an official term?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by James, Sep 17, 2010.

  1. James

    James Well-Known Member

    I am not good with business letters and things, so I am unsure on the terminology of such things and I decided to ask this nice, mature audience as opposed to the immature audiences I generally come across.

    When reading letters or looking at websites, words and phrases often have characters appended to them to suggest some kind of hidden terms with the offer. Example:
    Thanks if anyone can help. I have been referring to them as "special characters", but I think that's just because I spend too much time on the internet!
     
  2. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    They're just typographical symbol or glyphs used for footnotes.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dagger_(typography)

     
  3. James

    James Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't say they were glyphs because they're usually used as an alternate definition (such as accents on letters) from what I remember. I'll go with footnote, thanks Brogan :)
     
  4. GofD

    GofD Well-Known Member

    Oftentimes, those are disclaimers.
     
  5. Elizabeth

    Elizabeth Well-Known Member

    Or addendums. 
     
  6. James

    James Well-Known Member

    In the particular document I'm analysing (yawns) it's more of a condition than a disclaimer. Addendum could work, I'll have a think about whether or not to use footnote or addendum :)

    Thanks everyone.
     
  7. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    An addendum usually comes at the end of a publication, like a supplement or appendix, not at the bottom of pages.
     
  8. Jethro

    Jethro Well-Known Member

    Aren't they simply footnotes if at the bottom of a page?
     

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