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First in, first out: The pilcrow’s strange typographic history — Designing Medium. Early on, reading text was like driving Interstate 5 through L.A. on a Friday night.

First in, first out: The pilcrow’s strange typographic history — Designing Medium

Bowl-to-bowl traffic, zero punctuation, no lowercase letter shapes to help the eye commute. Reading was hard work — so hard, indeed, that one would usually read out loud, and only in that way realize where to pause, where to breathe, and where to stop. How to Use an Asterisk in Grammar. The word "asterisk" is a derivative of the Latin "aster," meaning "star," and hence, the asterisk is a little star.

How to Use an Asterisk in Grammar

When speaking, many people make the error of omitting the second s, or replacing it with an x, ending the word with a "rik" or a "rix" rather than "risk. " Such pronunciation perhaps stems from the transposition of the last two letters, s and k. The correct pronunciation requires a little preciseness, which might make some feel that it comes across as affected or pretentious speech when it is simply correct. Step 1 Use an asterisk (*) in a body of text to indicate a footnote. Step 2 Use an asterisk in English grammar in the place of omitted material in a report or paper. Step 3 Use an asterisk to combine points or denote numerical values where there may be more than one point of clarification. Step 4 Place an asterisk when emphasizing a particular passage or word in a text that's being read or displayed. Tip The asterisk symbol is found above the number 8 key on your keyboard. How to Use an Asterisk. Chuck Tomasi pointed out that Rich Hall, author of the Sniglets books, made up a name for the feeling you get when you encounter an orphan apostrophe: asterexasperation.

How to Use an Asterisk

And here’s a little-known piece of trivia. Ampersand-learn-typography.jpg (JPEG Image, 950 × 4429 pixels) - Scaled (22%) Strange Typography. The Octothorpe, part 1 of 2. Octothorpe. Pronounced /ˈɒktəʊθɔːp/ This word is beginning to appear in a few dictionaries, but still seems mostly to be a jargon term of the North American telephone business for the handset symbol #.


It has reached semi-official status by being mentioned in international standards documents but that’s no guarantee of a wide circulation any time soon. Octothorpe is just one of a plethora of names for the symbol. In the US it’s often called the pound key, because it has long been used to mark numbers related to weight, or for similar reasons the number sign, which is one of its internationally agreed names. Elsewhere it is commonly called hash, a term dating from the 1970s that may have been a popular misunderstanding of hatch.

With all these terms about, inventing a new one, especially such an odd-ball one as octothorpe, would seem to serve no practical purpose. A Natural History of the @ Sign: Part One. The "@" symbol. . .

A Natural History of the @ Sign: Part One

Used by grocers and accountants throughout the English-speaking world to indicate a rate, or cost per unit, as in "10 gal @ $3.95/gal" [ten gallons at three dollars and ninety-five cents per gallon] has become the de facto delimiter in e-mail addresses, separating the user's name from the domain name. Although the change from at meaning "for a given amount per" to at meaning "in a specified (electronic) location" comes fairly naturally to English speakers, it does not for native speakers of other languages, for whom neither "at" nor @ meant anything until e-mail came around.

Indeed, a fair number of internet users live in countries that don't use the same alphabet English does (Japan, China, former republics of the Soviet Union including Russia, and Arabic-speaking countries, to name some major ones), and where the keyboards did not conveniently include the @ character until after it's widespread use on the internet made it a necessity. Other names attested: FORTH. History of the 'at' symbol @ commercial at. Home Bidding Information FYI email History of @ What do you call the @ symbol used in e-mail addresses?

History of the 'at' symbol @ commercial at

From: Cool That little "a" with a circle curling around it that is found in email addresses is most commonly referred to as the "at" symbol. The History of the Ampersand and Showcase. The ampersand is one of the most unique typographical characters out there.

The History of the Ampersand and Showcase

Typography designers can exercise a lot more artistic freedom in the design of the ampersand, ranging from very traditional representations to those that bear little resemblance to the original form. But many designers have little knowledge about the origin and meaning of the ampersand. The ampersand has a long and rather interesting history, though. And with all the variations available out there, there are a whole host of design possibilities presented by this particular character. How ampersand came from a misunderstanding. Johnson & Johnson, Barnes & Noble, Dolce & Gabbana: the ampersand today is used primarily in business names, but that small character was once the 27th part of the alphabet.

How ampersand came from a misunderstanding

Where did it come from though? Octothorpe: the history of the hashtag I The Feed. The History of the Interrobang ‽ ‽ ‽ Interrobang. Pronounced /ˈɪnˈtɛrəʊbæŋ/ A current interpretation of the interrobang, in Palatino Linotype It’s a combination of an exclamation mark and a question mark.


It was invented in 1962 through the advocacy of Martin Speckter, head of a New York advertising agency, Martin K Speckter Associates, which handled promotion for the Wall Street Journal, among other clients. For decades, advertising copywriters had used both marks together to imply various blends of question and exclamation.