Today I Learned

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The difference between carets and carrots 🥕

If you’re like me, you may have thought that the word for ^ was spelled “carrot” because of its pointy shape.

Turns out, it is spelled “caret”. This symbol was used as a mark in editing proofs, to show where something needs to be inserted. So, the name comes from the Latin verb “caret” which means “there is lacking”.

Source: https://www.etymonline.com/word/caret