Percent (%) sign

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Procent TekenThe percentage sign stands for one 100th part of something and is used to indicate the number of 100th parts of something.

The sign is used a lot in the scientific world for various goals and in the financial world for example for the interest rate.

There are different stories about the origin of the sign. One of them is that “per cento” was written as P and cento. The P was lying on it’s back on the word cento. The P was skewed down and cento was abbreviated to c. This probably evoluated (between the year 1400 and the year 1800) to the sign we know nowadays.


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