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Percent Symbol

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The term "percent" is derived from the Latin per centum, meaning "hundred" or "by the hundred".

The sign for "percent" evolved by gradual contraction of the Italian term per cento, meaning "for a hundred". The "per" was often abbreviated as "p."—eventually disappeared entirely. The "cento" was contracted to two circles separated by a horizontal line, from which the modern "%" symbol is derived.

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Graphical characteristics:
Symmetric, Open shape, Monochrome, Contains both straight and curved lines, Has no crossing lines.

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  • Jahslyn
    Anyways, is there a slang version? I think so...
    LikeReply3 years ago
  • Jahslyn
    Like if I asked what does beef mean, don’t say the food. Say the slang version.
    LikeReply3 years ago
  • Jahslyn
    I mean in slang.
    LikeReply3 years ago
  • Jahslyn
    I mean, I understand that. But that’s with math.
    LikeReply3 years ago
  • Jahslyn
    Hm...
    LikeReply3 years ago

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