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  • n. “ (opening quotation mark)
  • n. ” (closing quotation mark)
  • n. ״ (gershayim)
  • n. 〃 (ditto mark) Used in lists or tables to indicate a repetition of appropriate content above
  • n. ″ (double prime, as in inches)


Typographical simplification, particularly due to the use of typewriters, thence followed in computers: rather than having separate opening () and closing () quotation marks (and other keys for ″ and others), a single square key was used, to reduce the number of keys. (Wiktionary)


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