The ellipsis.
I often use it, and it seems not so often correctly … or do I? Here is a quote from a wikipedia article:

Ellipsis (plural ellipses; from the Greek: ἔλλειψις, élleipsis, “omission”) is a mark or series of marks that usually indicate an intentional omission of a word or a phrase from the original text. An ellipsis can also be used to indicate a pause in speech, an unfinished thought, or, at the end of a sentence, a trailing off into silence (aposiopesis) (apostrophe and elipsis mixed). The ellipsis calls for a slight pause in speech.

The most common form of an ellipsis is a row of three periods or full stops (…) or pre-composed triple-dot glyph (…). The usage of the em dash (—) can overlap the usage of ellipsis.

The triple-dot punctuation mark is also called a suspension point, points of ellipsis, periods of ellipsis, or colloquially, dot-dot-dot.


The article is interesting for several reasons but the most important one today was: how do I show the infamous … (dot-dot-dot) when the font family does not? Simple, really, just use the appropriate reference code for it:




Thanks to the “SyntaxHighlighter Evolved” plugin by ViperBond007 to show these codes easily. Give it a try.