I have a rebus puzzle I can't figure out.
The word "Cancelled" is written with the "CAN" angled downwards and the "CELLED" angled upwards :

C       E
  A   C

What does that mean ?

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    $\begingroup$ Could you maybe add a visual so we can see what you are talking about? $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 16, 2016 at 9:48
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    $\begingroup$ if this is really a rebus puzzle please add the rebus tag. Unless this isn't a rebus and more of a riddle?? $\endgroup$
    – Ben
    Commented Jun 16, 2016 at 10:04
  • $\begingroup$ I'va added a visual representation, remove/edit it if this is not your puzzle $\endgroup$
    – Fabich
    Commented Jun 16, 2016 at 13:07
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    $\begingroup$ This can be an answer of interest. You might be interested to accept it. $\endgroup$
    – EKons
    Commented Jun 16, 2016 at 14:28

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I think that this rebus was published in America and is

cancelled check
But hang on -- if published in America, shouldn't it be CANCELED with one L?

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    $\begingroup$ Out of curiosity, what makes you think this was published in America? $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 16, 2016 at 13:16
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    $\begingroup$ @GordonAllocman I could be wrong about that, of course. But the mark that the OP described (and which Lord of Dark has now shown in text art, though that text art wasn't in the OP when I answered it) -- the mark such as the green one Puzzling.SE displays by an accepted answer -- is in Britain called a tick, not a check. And the word "check" for that slip of paper ordering a sum of money to be paid from someone's account to a named person -- is spelt "cheque" in Britain. $\endgroup$
    – Rosie F
    Commented Jun 16, 2016 at 13:33
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    $\begingroup$ @RosieF Credit Mr Webster for that particular confusion. They are both used, almost equally, in AE. Canceled just looks wrong to me. $\endgroup$
    – Kevin
    Commented Jun 16, 2016 at 14:19
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    $\begingroup$ Also "cheque" is the correct spelling in countries that aren't the US. $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 16, 2016 at 20:22
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    $\begingroup$ I spell cancelled with 2 Ls and I am in the US. $\endgroup$
    – Joshua
    Commented Jun 16, 2016 at 20:38

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