Re: symbols for `born' and `died' + guarani sign

From: Otto Stolz (
Date: Mon Feb 24 2003 - 15:45:17 EST

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    Lukas Pietsch wrote:

    > Actually, the symbol and several others already exist and seem to be
    > standardized. The "Duden", the authoritative source on German
    > orthography, describes them in its section on typesetting practices,
    > under the heading of "genealogical symbols". Besides the asterisk
    > (born), the dagger/cross (died), and the two overlapping rings (married)
    > it lists:
    > wavy horizontal line (= baptized)
    > a single ring (= engaged)
    > two rings separated by a vertical bar (= U+29DE?) (= divorced)
    > two rings joined by a horizontal line (= extramarital)
    > two swords crossed (= died in combat)
    > rectangle (= buried)
    > urn symbol (= cremated)
    > The "married" symbol, by the way, typically differs from the infinity
    > symbol, as it consists of two overlapping circles, not just circles
    > touching each other. The "born" and "died" symbol, on the other hand,
    > are clearly identical with the normal typographical asterisk and dagger.
    > The Duden also makes it clear that these are all for use in inline text
    > ("können in entsprechenden Texten zur Raumersparnis verwendet werden").
    > I haven't got a scanner here, else I might put up a scan somewhere.

    From: Duden "Rechtschreibung der deutschen Sprache und der Fremdwörter"
    / hrsg. von d. Dudenred. auf d. Grundlage d. amtl. Rechtschreibregeln.
    [Red.Bearb.: Werner Scholze-Stubenrecht unter Mitw. von Dieter Berger
    ...]. - 19., neu bearb. u. erw. Aufl.
    ISBN: 3-411-20900-3,

    p. 73

    Best wishes,
        Otto Stolz

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