Edit for clarity: I have never seen this character, but it seems like it would exist. But without knowing what to call it, I don't know how to look up if it actually does exist. So, to me it's hypothetical, but I want to know if it's actual, and if so what it's called.
I have been searching in vain for a (hypothetical?) typographical character: an apostrophe above a comma (as shown in the picture). What is this character called, and do you know of any uses?
(Please let me know if this is not the correct StackExchange for this question).
For now I'm going to represent it with
� (the "replacement character", U+FFFD), because I don't know whether it exists in Unicode, or what it is called.
Below I have attached an image of the text
dog� the in Times New Roman. To create the character
� I overlaid the text
dog’ and the text
dog, on each other in Microsoft Paint.
What is this character called?
What I've tried so far:
I tried running that character through a reverse.photo search, and it turned up nothing.
So I tried duckduckgoing
"semidemicolon" and got a bunch of stuff about Finnegan's Wake (including in a thesis project), because of this line:
notes of admiration! See the signs of suspicion! Count the hemi- semidemicolons! Screamer caps and invented gommas, quoites puntlost, forced to farce! The pipette will say anything at all for
Much closer was this College Humor visual gag about the hemi-demi-semi-colon](http://www.collegehumor.com/post/6872071/8-new-and-necessary-punctuation-marks#item-4) (which appears to be two semicolons vertically offset slightly):
The closest I found was another joke, but this one in a photocopied report from 1970 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dept. of Computer Science, available at archive.org: Twinkle : a syntax language for a translator writing system. The joke is:
Since the semicomma and the demisemicolon do not yet exist, it was decided that clauses and other such ensembles, which are intended as single syntactic entities, be enclosed in square brackets.
That gave me the idea to search for
semicomma, but alas that is just some music thing.
If this character doesn't have a name, and it works like fossils where since I found it I get to name it, I'm naming it demisemicolon or stacked commas.