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Re: Type Symbols
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.2328  Thursday, 14 December 2000

[1]     From:   John Robinson <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 13 Dec 2000 13:31:08 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.2321 Question about Type Symbols

[2]     From:   Fran Teague <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 13 Dec 2000 14:02:16 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.2321 Question about Type Symbols


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From:           John Robinson <
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Date:           Wednesday, 13 Dec 2000 13:31:08 EST
Subject: 11.2321 Question about Type Symbols
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.2321 Question about Type Symbols

> Does anyone here know if there is a name for symbols when they are used
>  in type to substitute for obscenities or the like? The "%@#^?$*&" or the
>  like?  I have doubts that Shakespeare ever used them, but I turn to this
>  group since I have looked everywhere else in the world. (I *do* remember
>  the name of those little plastic things on the end of shoe laces. ?$&*%!
>  I could use that space in my brain for something else, but there you
>  are.)

Wing-dings

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From:           Fran Teague <
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Date:           Wednesday, 13 Dec 2000 14:02:16 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 11.2321 Question about Type Symbols
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.2321 Question about Type Symbols

Those typographical symbols are called dingbats (honest), but what the
convention of a string of dingbats are a euphemism for profanity is
called, I couldn't say. Check Merriam Webster; in this case the OED is
surprisingly unuseful.

Fran Teague <http://www.arches.uga.edu/~fteague>
 

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