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Potential spoilers for readers of Jojo, but in the top-left-hand corner of this picture there are dots above the word こいつ.

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Why do some manga have dots above some of the words? I've only noticed this in Jojo so far but perhaps it's in other manga too.

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This is the Japanese version of [underlining]{LLLLLLLLLLL}. It's a way of marking a word for emphasis.

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The Japanese name for this is variously 圏点{けんてん} (literally "enclosing mark"), 傍点{ぼうてん} ("off-to-the-side mark"), or 脇点{わきてん} ("on-the-side mark"). The JA wikipedia has a good article about this.

Veteran user snailplane commented with this meta link, which shows how to use Japanese emphasis, like this: [強調]{﹅﹅}.

  • @snailplane, thanks, but what I was lamenting was the inability to use <u> or other underlining for non-Japanese text. This{LLLL} doesn't work, for instance. – Eiríkr Útlendi Oct 26 '16 at 23:09
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    Hmm, how about [this]{LLLL}? – snailcar Oct 26 '16 at 23:11
  • @snailplane -- what did you do in your edit? It works now! But the side-by-side marked-up edit summary view doesn't show me any changes...?? – Eiríkr Útlendi Oct 27 '16 at 1:00
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    Sorry, I didn't have time to reply and explain. I'll do that now. The examples in the meta post have a zero-width space before the { to prevent it from working, as explained here, because otherwise you wouldn't be able to see what the markup looks like. You copied and pasted it including that zero-width space, which prevented it from working, but if you simply type it in, it should work fine. – snailcar Oct 27 '16 at 1:59
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I can't seem to load the picture myself, but it is probably used for emphasis. Similar to ALL CAPS or periods after single words like "OH. MY. GOSH." in English.

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