# How to write t so that it doesn't look like a plus? [closed]

Not sure if this belongs here, but I'm gonna ask it anyway.

To prevent confusing the variable 'x' with the multiplication symbol, I write the variable 'x' as two 'c's, one alongside its reflection, if you get what I mean.

In manipulating equations with the variable t, I often confuse myself because it looks like '+'. Any tips?

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## closed as off topic by Arthur Fischer♦, t.b., Alex Becker♦, Rudy the Reindeer, Zhen LinAug 3 '12 at 2:04

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Curl up your t's. –  Ｊ. Ｍ. Aug 2 '12 at 17:32
Do you need to use the variable $t$? –  William Aug 2 '12 at 17:33
And you can cross your z's so they don't look like 2's. –  GEdgar Aug 2 '12 at 17:35
Any $\large +$ips: Use a compu$\large +$er! –  draks ... Aug 2 '12 at 17:38
John Kerl has a web page full of advice about clear mathematical handwriting, including the particular problem you cited, that of distinguishing lowercase 't' from a plus sign. –  MJD Aug 3 '12 at 2:08

For the x's: You can write the right side (the line starting from the upper right) as the 'sh' symbol from IPA but slanted. That's like an integral symbol $\int$ but also slanted. Then you can just write the left side as a regular straight line thus coming very close to $x$