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In the cartoon Get Fuzzy, the dog Satchel has taken to swearing by "saying the cartoon-style swear squiggles" (as the human character Rob puts it). While we've looked a lot at "taboo avoidance characters", used to mask individual letters in taboo words, we've touched much less often on "cursing characters" (as Ben Zimmer referred to them here; a bit later he referred to them as "obscenicons"), those "cartoon-style swear squiggles" used individually or in clusters -- What the #$*!
Do We Know!? -- as visual substitutes for taboo words as wholes. (But see here, here, and here.) Four strips so far, 3/17 through 3/20, beginning with Satchel stubbing his toe on a brick strategically placed in his way by the cat Bucky: We get characters available on (some) standard keyboards: asterisk *, ampersand &, plus sign +, percentage sign %, dollar sign $, British pound £, euro €. Spiral thingy lightning bolt! - StumbleUpon. Dear Lily. If You Keep Making That Face, It’s Gonna Stay That Way. In Soviet Russia… US budget explained. Poorly Dressed People of the World - Fashion Fails.
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