Special characters

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Special characters have been given pronunciations similar to letters and numbers in a radio alphabet. The most common pronunciations originated with users of Unix systems. Each of the ASCII printable characters has multiple names – some formal, some concise, some silly (Intercal is responsible for some of this).[clarification needed][1]

ASCII special characters[edit]

The following is a fairly complete list:[citation needed]

ASCII CODE

21 ! - "bang", "shriek" - exclamation point
22 " -  quote
23 # - "hash" - distinct from "pound" which is the British currency symbol, "sharp", "octothorpe"
24 $ - "bling", "ding" (cash register sound), "cash", "buck", "dollar"
25 % - "percent", "percent sign"
26 & - "amper" - distinct from "amp" in "&" (see below) and the word "and"
27 ' - "tick", - apostrophe
28 ( - "paren", - open parenthesis 
29 ) - "paren", - close parenthesis
2A * - "splat", "star", "wildcard" - asterisk
2B + -  plus
2C , - "twitch", - comma
2D - - "dash", "minus", "tack" - hyphen
2E . - "dot", - period
2F / - "slash", - forward slash
3A : - "two dots", - colon
3B ; - "semi", - semicolon
3C < - "waka", - less than
3D = -  equals"
3E > - "waka", - more than
3F ? - "hook", "query", "eh?" - question mark
40 @ - "whirl", "monkey", - at
5B [ - "square", "left", - open bracket
5C \ - "whack", - back slash
5D ] - "square", "right", - close bracket
5E ^ - "hat", "caret"
5F _ - "skid", "underbar", - underscore
60 ` - "grave", "backtick"
7B { - "curly", "embrace", - brace
7C | - "bar", "pipe"
7D } - "curly", - unbrace
7E ~ - "twiddle", - tilde
B4 ´ -  acute

#! - "sh'bang" (hash/bang)
/* - "slashterix"[citation needed]
*/ - "asterslash"[citation needed]
&amp; - "amper-amp" - the HTML and XML encoding for the ampersand character[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Jargon File": "ASCII" edited by Eric S. Raymond
  2. ^ "HTML Compatibility Guidelines". World Wide Web Consortium.