Ellipsis (…) Character

An Ellipsis (…) Character is an orthographic character (usually three) dots that indicates an intentional omission of a word, sentence, or whole section from a text without altering its original meaning.

  • Example(s):
    • To omit information at the beginning and end of quotes:
      • Brandon remarked, “… and I will not arrive until 5:15 p.m.”
    • To omit whole sentences in quotations:
      • The instructor stated, “First, make certain you take notes at all the workshops. Transcribe your notes while the material is still fresh in your mind… finally, always date your notes.”
    • In dialogue:
      • The dark, clammy evening foretold stormy weather, unless…could it be? ...
  • Counter-Example(s):
  • See: Unicode, Non-Breaking Space.


References

2021

  • (Wikipedia, 2021) ⇒ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ellipsis Retrieved:2021-1-12.
    • The ellipsis , , or (in Unicode), also known informally as dot-dot-dot, is a series of (usually three) dots that indicates an intentional omission of a word, sentence, or whole section from a text without altering its original meaning. The word (plural ellipses) originates from the , meaning 'leave out'.

      Opinions differ as to how to render ellipses in printed material. According to The Chicago Manual of Style, it should consist of three periods, each separated from its neighbor by a non-breaking space: . According to the Associated Press and the English Wikipedia Manual of Style, the periods should be rendered with no space between them: . A third option is to use the Unicode character U+2026 .