In Parenthesis

30 March 2011

This paragraph comes from the Wikipedia article on brackets – you’ll find it if you scroll down to the section on Parentheses () or click on 3.1.1 in the Contents:

Parentheses may also be nested (with one set (such as this) inside another set). This is not commonly used in formal writing[citation needed] (though sometimes other brackets [especially parentheses] will be used for one or more inner set of parentheses [in other words, secondary {or even tertiary[citation needed]} phrases can be found within the main sentence]).[6]

Note especially the delicacy of that editor who nested the words “{citation needed}” inside the last set of brackets, neatly making a fourth, or quaternary level.

(Because this text may be edited out of this Wikipedia page at any time, here is a link to the article as it existed today [30/03/2010]).

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