Caret facts for kids
The caret // is an inverted V-shaped grapheme. It is the spacing character ^ in ASCII (at code point 5Ehex) and other character sets that may also be called a hat, control, uparrow, or, less frequently, chevron, xor sign, 'to the power of' (exponent), pointer (in Pascal), or wedge.
The caret was originally and continues to be used in handwritten form as a proofreading mark to indicate where a punctuation mark, word, or phrase should be inserted into a document. The term comes from the Latin caret, "it lacks", from carēre, "to lack; to be separated from; to be free from". The caret symbol is written below the line of text for a line-level punctuation mark, such as a comma, or above the line as an inverted caret for a higher character, such as an apostrophe; the material to be inserted may be placed inside the caret, in the margin, or above the line.
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Carets telling reader to insert a comma, an apostrophe, and quotation marks
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Caret telling a reader to insert a letter
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Caret telling reader to insert a word
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Caret telling reader to change a word
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