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    Question Use of *____* in chat rooms etc.

    Hi

    I have seen the use of *s on Bebo what are *s called? Stars?

    For instance *spits*: The action of spitting.

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    Re: Use of *____* in chat rooms etc.

    ?? asterisks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    ?? asterisks
    - in BE. But in AmE, and in the IT world, I've never heard them called anything but 'stars'. (I've just thought - maybe this is where the expression 'seeing stars' comes from [having one's head bashed, in a fight or an accident].)

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    PS Afterthought:

    In the same context (IT) the full-stop (AmE period) is commonly enunciated as 'dot' - hence 'dotcom'. The file-specification "*.*" is "star dot star". International communications standards with a "." in the title are, e.g., "123 dot 4".

    (This applies only to numbers; if there's a letter in the title, BE and AmE diverge - e.g. "X twenty-five" (BE) but "X dot twenty-five" (AmE).) This may be of more use than it seems (unless I'm talking to myself ): the Joint Academic Network (JANET) that links all the big academic institutions in the UK is an X.25 network [at least it was - maybe it's changed; if you're interested, you can probably find out here: JANET and UKERNA ].

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    - in BE. But in AmE ... I've never heard them called anything but 'stars'.
    I have. I've heard plenty of Americans call those nice little stars "asterisks".

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    Re: Use of *____* in chat rooms etc.

    * snowflake? Just kidding. I also call them astericks. Examples from chatrooms:

    ...chat rooms didn't have smilies and you had to type how you were reacting out between astericks. *LOL* ...

    ...shaun you must use *astericks* if you don;t want anyone else to see...

    Someone just told me to add astericks in your tagline so that it separates...

    Please don't confuse me with the other **tko** who uses astericks around his ...


    All the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Philly View Post
    I have. I've heard plenty of Americans call those nice little stars "asterisks".
    Me, too. Even in the IT realm, where it would seem to be quicker to say "star." (Unless the IT guys were saying "asterisk" because they thought I'd understand it better than if they said "star"....)



    (One of my pet peeves, by the way, is when people pronounce it "asterik.")

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    (One of my pet peeves, by the way, is when people pronounce it "asterik.")
    What about [aes'trIk]? That's how I pronounce it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    Me, too. Even in the IT realm, where it would seem to be quicker to say "star." (Unless the IT guys were saying "asterisk" because they thought I'd understand it better than if they said "star"....)
    Maybe. It is a funny world, IT - "world wide web" is 6 syllables shorter than "WWW", and 1 syllable shorter than "W3". Plain cussed.

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    I liked that, BobK.

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    Psst. Ouisch, there isn't a star on the keyboard.

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