SEVENTEEN have a history of using punctuation marks in the titles of their songs, albums, and concerts.
Teen, Age (,)
Director's Cut (')
; [Semicolon] (;)
— 🌹🌻☁️◠‿◠ (@jjongshushu) January 5, 2021
Their second special EP, Semicolon, carried significant meaning, with SEVENTEEN hoping to encourage the youth and tell them it’s okay to take a break and enjoy themselves during their journey.
Furthermore, with the title track “HOME;RUN,” SEVENTEEN expanded on their comforting message by telling listeners that a semicolon doesn’t indicate an end but rather rest.
Home ; Run
There's a semicolon between Home and Run
You can hit a home run even with a pause or break. A pause or a break doesn't mean a total stop.
— ∞🍄 (@emarieyyehoshi) October 11, 2020
In addition, SEVENTEEN’s first English single, “Darl+ing,” has a plus sign in the middle, signifying becoming one with a loved one.
"Darl+ing' has a plus sign in the middle and it symbolizes SEVENTEEN and everyone who listens to our music coming together and becoming one"
— sebongie samuel (busy) (@garats17) April 15, 2022
With their latest repackage album, Sector 17, SEVENTEEN dropped a new title track, “_WORLD,” that overflows with positivity and warmth. In the behind-the-scenes video of the filming for the music video, Woozi, SEVENTEEN’s resident producer, shared the meaning behind the underscore.
The new world can be anything you want it to be.
With the underscore, SEVENTEEN reminds listeners that they have the power to define their world however they want to. Whatever dreams you have, whatever you want your world to be, whatever new perspective you see things from, it’s all up to you. And as you can see from this shot of Woozi, the underscore becomes a fill-in-the-blank space, emphasizing SEVENTEEN’s empowering message.
As always, SEVENTEEN are a source of encouragement and comfort for their fans, and we can’t wait to see how beautiful their new world is.