# Definition talk:Parenthesis

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It might be better to keep separate pages for Definition:Parenthesis/Natural Language and the to-be-created Definition:Parenthesis/Symbolic Logic (i.e., with category in parenthesis :) ).

Problem with this being in logic is (at least to me) that it is not actually true that we write things like:

"I buy ((shampoo and liquor) or (soap and wine))."

and certainly don't interpret such things in a 'logical' fashion. Thoughts? --Lord_Farin 10:22, 22 June 2012 (EDT)

Not sure why you'd need a separate page to explain parenthesis in Natural Language in the first place. You might want a small note to the effect that parenthesis in logic has a similar look-and-feel to their use in NL but I for one would not bother to dedicate a whole page to the construct in NL. --prime mover 11:07, 22 June 2012 (EDT)
I thought of that point myself. I guess it was just to crystallise my opinion that there was something seriously wrong with the construct at the moment, as non-symbolic logic takes place in natural language. Thus, the '(this is in parenthesis)' thing shouldn't be there. Again, it was just to structure my mind. If you think it non-mathematical (or otherwise PW-inappropriate) then it can be deleted. --Lord_Farin 20:49, 22 June 2012 (UTC)
I'm not concerned enough for it to worry me, quite honestly. If you think it has value, go for it, but you did ask for "thoughts". --prime mover 20:57, 22 June 2012 (UTC)

What value it had has perished; my mind has cleared up. I feel I can continue my pursuit for clarity in these realms. --Lord_Farin 21:00, 22 June 2012 (UTC)

## Regional variation

My understanding is that in the US (where I live), they are called parentheses, while in the UK they are called round brackets. Most USans will not be familiar with "round brackets". --Dfeuer (talk) 07:46, 5 January 2013 (UTC)

So what's missing from this page? The page itself is called "Parenthesis", with an explanation that the marks themselves are called "Parentheses", and the terms "left round bracket" and "right round bracket" are defined with an ostensive definition: "... The brackets that are mostly used are round ones, the left (round) bracket $($ and the right (round) bracket $)$." What more do we need to do to make it more explicit? --prime mover (talk) 09:05, 5 January 2013 (UTC)
Here in Canada we use both. --Joe (talk) 13:58, 5 January 2013 (UTC)