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I've noticed that when the little help box appears to the side, it says to show code using "backticks" when they are called graves. For clarification, I am talking about these: `. I don't think that these should be called backticks.

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    All of these are names for the accent grave: acute, backtick, grave, grave accent, left quote, open quote, push, backquote, back prime, backtick, birk, blugle, quasiquote, and unapostrophe. – Rinzwind Feb 26 at 12:25
  • "Why is it called 'full stop' when it's 'period'?" – pomsky Feb 27 at 7:46
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Both names, "grave (accent)" and "backtick" apply to the same character.

"grave" is more common in the linguistic field and when it's actually combined with a letter (like "è").

"backtick" is the name commonly used in technical or programming contexts, where it is used on its own like a quotation mark instead. Just like here in the Markdown editor, where you enclose text with `backticks` to format it as code.

See also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grave_accent#Use_in_programming

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