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This is close to being a duplicate question, but I'm adding it to make it easier to find the answer in searches.

Question:

How do you include backtick characters within a blockquote? For instance, to post an error message which refers to a .NET generic class like List`1:

This is an error message which refers to a .NET generic class like List`1

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The answer is to use a backslash before the backtick, like

> This is an error message which refers to a .NET generic class like List\`1

This escapes the backtick character, even within a blockquote.

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this applies to escaping almost anything in Markdown FYI – Jeff Atwood Jan 8 '11 at 0:52
    
I think this is broken when escaping two backtick chars in a row in an answer (though it seems to work fine in comments). e.g. backtick\backtick\backtickbacktick doesn't escape properly in an answer (at least on SO). – David Murdoch Aug 10 '11 at 12:29

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