These codes are Unicode for the single left and right quote characters. You can replace them with their ASCII equivalent which Python shouldn’t have any problem printing on your system:
>>> print u"\u2018Hi\u2019" ‘Hi’ >>> print u"\u2018Hi\u2019".replace(u"\u2018", "'").replace(u"\u2019", "'") 'Hi'
Alternatively with regex:
import re s = u"\u2018Hi\u2019" >>> print re.sub(u"(\u2018|\u2019)", "'", s) 'Hi'
However Python shouldn’t have any problem printing the Unicode version of these as well. It’s possible that you are using
str() somewhere which will try to convert your unicode to ascii and throw your exception.