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Old 09-10-2019, 02:46 PM   #1
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I don't know what the symbol on page 91 under both the holding your breath, and digging section in the basic book 3rd edition. it kinda looks like a Y with a = through it. Like the yen symbol.
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Old 09-10-2019, 03:15 PM   #2
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SJGames uses the Yen sign for foot noting, but a quick look in my copy shows no foot notes, however my 1999 edition has had white out applied and corrections applied so that you have X's, like so;

4 cy: A grave. 6 3 6 deep. 5 hours,
20 minutes.

My assumption would be typos, but the 1999 edition is not listed on the errata page, here;

http://www.sjgames.com/errata/gurps/
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Old 09-10-2019, 03:28 PM   #3
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Buckle up, kiddos. This will be a ride.

What you've got there is a yen symbol . It has no meaning in GURPS unless you happen to be talking about yen, and even then, GURPS would prefer that you use its standard currency symbol, $.

However. If you select the font including the symbol and change it to the Symbol font, the magically becomes the multiplication cross. So that's what we did or were supposed to do when we were working on GURPS books -- find all the and change them to Symbol font. It's a line item on the checklist, even.

We edited our standard font for 4E so that typing got you the cross directly, because we never use the glyph and we use the multi-cross a LOT. But that didn't translate back to 3E books, which use a different text font, and it sounds like those conversions got missed. Oops.

Edited to add: adm is not correct on the footnote explanation. We never used to mark footnotes, precisely because they could get converted to crosses. We used asterisks (single and double), the † dagger, the ‡ diesis or "double dagger", and occasionally other characters like the pilcrow.
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Old 09-10-2019, 03:45 PM   #4
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We used asterisks (single and double), the dagger, the diesis or "double dagger", and occasionally other characters like the pilcrow.
That's called a pilcrow? At Academic Press we just called it "paragraph," and we called the one that's two overwritten esses "section." I suppose that has a technical name too?

(Some years ago I learned about a fanzine devoted to stories of the Kirk/Spock genre that was called "virgule". . . .)
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Edited to add: adm is not correct on the footnote explanation. ...
I sit corrected. :)
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we called the one that's two overwritten esses "section." I suppose that has a technical name too?
Sometimes called the "silcrow", probably by analogy with the pilcrow. Though I kind of like the Latin phrase for which it's an abbreviation, and which gave it the double-S shape: "signum sectionis". Which is to say "section sign" :)
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Buckle up, kiddos. This will be a ride (...) the pilcrow.
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(...) and we called the one that's two overwritten esses "section." (...)
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"signum sectionis". Which is to say "section sign" :)
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That symbol would be:
I imagine that most people who have a name for it would recognize it as the Simoleon, the currency from Sim City/The Sims.
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