Is there a convention for typing the 匕-like iteration symbol seen here (several times near the center of the page, excluding the header)?

This is one of five iteration symbols I've come across in Hokkien & Taiwanese texts. The others are:

〻 (dedicated Unicode node, but the representation in some fonts leaves much to be desired)

It seems that the other four symbols have Unicode representation. Only the 匕-like one — typically more like ヒ — doesn't seem to. (Is that because it's regional? Does anybody know if it occurs outside the Hokkien-Teochew or Formosa Strait region?) Did it evolve from (卑履切) 匕?

  • Does this: chinese.stackexchange.com/q/28438/4136 answer your question?
    – Mou某
    Feb 15, 2023 at 13:13
  • I won't say these types of symbols have never been used in Chinese, but they are not a normal thing to use. I wouldn't be suprised if many don't know them at all-- I only recognize some of them from Japanese. Although I haven't seen it maybe in casual handwriting? Keep in mind, Japanese only uses Chinese characters for a part of their writing system. It makes sense to have a character similar to the simpler forms of their system to speed up writing. In chinese, it doesn't really make sense to specially skip one single character of eight strokes, just to immediately write another twenty charact
    – zagrycha
    Feb 16, 2023 at 21:41
  • Thank you, @Mou某. That seems to be the extent of what anybody knows about this topic.
    Mar 19, 2023 at 8:06
  • I remember seeing this symbol ->々occasionally in handwritings when I was little, but it has been largely disappeared. My parents never used it. The time saved by writing 々 instead of, say, 人、日 or 山 (or some other characters used consecutively) is negligible. Aug 18, 2023 at 2:44

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As far as I know, they are deprecated symbols(not characters) and no more recommended to use in standard Chinese. They may still occur in some calligraphy work or in private notes.

https://zi.tools/ is a very good website to search the encodings, usages and other miscs for all kinds of logograms. For example, https://zi.tools/zi/%E3%80%85

Avoid using them (in daily life) unless necessary (for academic reason or so). If you mean to type it, there is a very useful input method called Rime which is highly customizable.

  • That is an excellent website. And I've never heard of Rime. Thanks.   Standard Chinese was the farthest thing from my mind, actually.
    Mar 21, 2023 at 11:53
  • @KIRINPUTRA if you find my answer helpful, don't hesitate to upvote it (as well as other answers), this will draw more attenion of the community to this very question and you may likely get more help. Mar 23, 2023 at 9:13

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