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Last week my students finished their major assignment for the spring semester. As we were working on proofing and editing, one student asked me when to use § and when to use “section.” I quickly explained the rules, but I’m so used to the legal writing conventions about § that I was almost shocked by the question.

Later it dawned on me that other writers might also be confused about when or how to use typographic symbols in their writing. So this month’s column will cover general advice about using symbols, as well as specific advice about using common symbols. [excerpt]