❝ ♘ ☭ Special Characters ➶⟡☾ | Betwined Tech

It’s been a little while since I did a Betwined Tech post (see my app review of Hogwarts Mystery), and I’ve had this topic in mind for a while! If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you may have noticed I’m a big fan of using symbols/icons in my blog headers. I love the scissors () and arrows (   )! I also really love old school smilies (^_^).

I started this post earlier this summer as a quick reference for whenever I might want to “copy/paste” a special character(s) into a blog post. There are a few websites online that compile them for our convenience (like Copy Paste Character), but to be honest there are only a few I think are really cute and potentially useful. So scoured a few sources and made some categories I think could be helpful to book bloggers.

One thing that really peeves me is that depending on your browser/device, some of these special characters may convert to the colorful, cartoonish emoji versions made famous by Apple. I omitted any that did so on my MacBook Pro (where I draft posts) and Google Chrome browser, but I imagine that once I see this post on my Pixel 2 (Android smartphone), there will be some icons that convert into emojis!

It’s a really good reminder for bloggers/website developers that what you create and see on your screen may not be what others will see! Same for people who are reliant on emojis, they vary in subtle ways from device to device.

At any rate, here are some of the special characters I can see myself wanting to use in the future!

Technical / Occasionally Practical 

 ❞  ❜ ® © ™ ¶   ≠  ≥   ¿ ⸮  ⸘    

Currency 

₳ ฿ ₿ ¢ ₡ ¢ ₢ ₵ ₫ € £ £ ₤ ₣ ƒ ₲ ₭ Ł ₥ ₦ ₽ ₱$ $ ₮ ℳ ₶ ₩ ₩ ¥ ¥ ₴ ₸ ¤ ₰ ៛ ₪ ₯ ₠ ₧ ﷼ 円 元 圓 ㍐ 원 ৳ ₹ ₨ ৲ ௹

Suits of Cards 

♠ ♤ ♥ ♡ ♣ ♧ ♦ ♢

Chess Pieces 

          

Flowers 

✥ ✤ ✻ ✼ ✽ ✾ ❀ ✿ ❁ ❈ ❉ ❊ ❋ ⚘ ⁕ ꙮ

Lunar / Weather 

★ ☆ ✪ ✫ ✯ ✶ ✵ ✹ ☾   ❆ 

Letter Keys 

 ⓐ  ⓑ  ⓒ  ⓓ  ⓔ  ⓕ  ⓖ  ⓗ  ⓘ  ⓙ  ⓚ  ⓛ  ⓜ  ⓝ  ⓞ ⓟ Ⓟ  ⓠ  ⓡ  ⓢ  ⓣ      ⓦ    ⓨ  

Number Keys 

         ⓾          ⑩          

Arrows / Pointers 

 ☛  ⤷    ☟                                                                                                                                                               ↡                                                           

Di 

     

Bullet-Point Worthy

❖ ⟡ ◦   ●         ⦿  

⟡ Checks and Exes 

         ☓  

⟡ Miscellaneous 

 ☏  ✁           ❢ ⁂ ツノ人 ♥ ♡o ✿   · ᵕ ˘ ¯ ◡‿ ω 彡 ~ ^ ς 

⟡ Kaomoji (a.k.a Picture Faces¯\_(ツ)_/¯) 

(^ω^) (´∀`) (-‿‿-) ☆*:.。.o(≧▽≦)o.。.:*☆ (o^▽^o) (⌒▽⌒)☆ <( ̄︶ ̄)> 。.:☆*:・'(⌒―⌒))) ヽ(・∀・)ノ (´。• ω •。`) ( ̄ω ̄) `;:゛;`;・(゜ε゜ ) (o・ω・o) (@^-^) ヽ(*・ω・)ノ (o_ _)ノ彡☆ (^人^) (o´▽`o) (´▽`) 。゚( ゚^∀^゚)゚。 (´ω`) (☆▽☆) (≧◡≦) (o´∀`o) (´• ω •`) (^▽^) (⌒ω⌒) ∑d(゚∀゚d) ╰(▔∀▔)╯ (─‿‿─) (^‿^) ヽ(o^―^o)ノ (✯◡✯) (◕‿◕) (≧ω≦) (((o(゚▽゚)o))) (⌒‿⌒) \(≧▽≦)/ ⌒(o^▽^o)ノ ☆ ~(‘▽^人) (゚▽゚) (✧∀✧) (✧ω✧) ヽ(⌒▽⌒)ノ (´。• ᵕ •。`) ( ´ ▽ ` ) ( ̄▽ ̄) ╰(´︶`)╯ ヽ(>∀<☆)ノ o(≧▽≦)o (☆ω☆) (っ˘ω˘ς ) \( ̄▽ ̄)/ (¯︶¯) \(^▽^)/

(For more kaomoji, see this GitHub thread.)

Isn’t weird how a simple combination of lines and shapes can evoke a smile? 

 ☙ ❧ END NOTE ❧ ☙

I realize this is a completely random post, but since I was doing it for myself I decided why not turn it into a blog post that others may benefit from as well! I may update this post from time to time, so be sure to bookmark it if you see any symbols or icons that you like. Also, be sure to share this post if you liked it.

For more information about these OG emojis (what I’m just call special characters), check out videos on the history from Computerfile on YouTube (“Characters, Symbols, and the Unicode Miracle” and “Emoji and the Levitating Businessman“). Also, see this WIRED article for more on how emoji became so universal (“The Wired Guide to Emoji“).

Are there any cool ones I’m missing?

Have any fun facts to share about the history of these characters?

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2 thoughts on “❝ ♘ ☭ Special Characters ➶⟡☾ | Betwined Tech

    1. Lori @ Betwined Reads

      I’m glad you like it! I’m not super experimental with kaomoji, but I’d like to do more. I’m a big fan of the classic, simple (^_^) I need to up my gameヽ(o^―^o)ノ

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