In addition to referring to the class of all types of brackets, the unqualified word bracket is most commonly used to refer to a specific type of bracket. In modern American usage this is usually the square bracket.
In American usage, parentheses are usually considered separate from other brackets, and calling them “brackets” at all is unusual even though they serve a similar function. In more formal usage “parenthesis” may refer to the entire bracketed text, not just to the punctuation marks used (so all the text in this set of round brackets may be said to be a parenthesis or a parenthetical).
According to early typographic practice, brackets are never set in italics, even when the surrounding characters are italic.
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... In older Javanese usage and in modern Balinese usage, gong is used to identify an ensemble of instruments ... In contemporary central Javanese usage, the term gamelan is preferred and the term gong is reserved for the gong ageng, the largest instrument of the type, or for surrogate instruments such as ... In Balinese usage, gong refers to Gamelan Gong Kebyar ...
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Famous quotes containing the word usage:
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—Fran Lebowitz (b. 1951)
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—George Gordon Noel Byron (17881824)
“I am using it [the word perceive] here in such a way that to say of an object that it is perceived does not entail saying that it exists in any sense at all. And this is a perfectly correct and familiar usage of the word.”
—A.J. (Alfred Jules)