# How do I get rid of italicized letters when using $$? Let's say I want to type: Hi, my name is {Mika} When I use $$ on both sides:

$$Hi, my name is {Mika}$$


It would be italicize and the brackets {} would go away. How can I prevent that?

• $$<...>$$ is Plain-TeX syntax for display math mode (hence the italics). What are you trying to achieve with $$? – Paul Gessler Feb 16 '15 at 7:33 • Load amsmath and use $\text{Hi, my name is \{Mika\}}$. Do not use $$...$$ in LaTeX. – karlkoeller Feb 16 '15 at 7:33 • BTW: Welcome to TeX.SX! You can have a look at our starter guide to familiarize yourself further with our format. – karlkoeller Feb 16 '15 at 7:34 • You can prevent that by not using $$ on both sides ;-) – Harald Feb 16 '15 at 9:45
• If you wish to italicize text, then using the math mode is absolutely wrong. Just go for \textit{Hi, my name is \{John Doe\}}. – Claudio Fiandrino Feb 16 '15 at 9:45

{ and } are special. You need to escape them to use them properly - \{ and \}. And, for the setting you seem to be attempting, it may be better to use the center environment:
\documentclass{article}