Brackets, Parenthesis and Parentheses

April 19, 2006

This is what I believe to be true:

  • "Bracket" is a general term, which can be used to describe a parenthesis ('('), a square bracket ('['), and so on. Confusingly, "bracket" is sometimes used to describe square brackets.
  • "Parenthesis" describes one of the round brackets that are common in English text ('(').
  • "Parentheses" is the plural of parenthesis.

Again, feel free to correct me. My source is Wikipedia.

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