Unfortunately I can't find a reference now, but many times I'll read an article either in print or online, and I'll see a certain word or phrase in brackets
. Here's a bad ex.
The man walked up the [hill] at night. My guess would be that these brackets are used to emphasize something but what?
Also a side question, I'm reading a book and I've seen it appear a couples times. Seemingly for no reason
* * * in between paragraphs.
Can anyone shed light on these matters. Thanks!