Parentheses ( )
- As opposed to dashes, parentheses de-emphasize material.
2. Use to off-set information or enclose interrupting words.
“The sheer decibel level of the noise around us is not enough to make us cranky, irritable, or aggressive. (It can, however, affect our mental and physical health, which is another matter.)
—Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
3. Use for listed items.
Ex. “Four items are on the agenda for tonight?s meeting: (1) current treasury figures, (2) current membership figures, (3) the budget for renovations, and (4) the campaign for soliciting additional public contributions”(Troyka and Hesse 449).