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    a star or an asterisk

    Some of the dishes on the menu are spicy, especially those that have a star next to them.

    HI,
    The above is also a sentence from the grammar book. I think it's more accurate to use "an asterisk" there instead of "a star." Am I right? Thanks,

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    Re: a star or an asterisk

    It depends on whether it's a star (⋆) or an asterisk (*). Even if it were an asterisk, we could call it a star on a menu, though we wouldn't call a star an asterisk.

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    #3

    Re: a star or an asterisk

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    b) a mark in the shape of a star, used to draw attention to something written [= asterisk]'── quoted from http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/star_1

    I think all of the following are stars.
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    #4

    Re: a star or an asterisk

    Yes, Matthew, they are stars. They are not asterisks.

    This * is an asterisk. I have increased its size so that the OP can see why it might be referred to in some contexts as a star.
    Last edited by Piscean; 08-Sep-2016 at 12:56. Reason: typo

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    #5

    Re: a star or an asterisk

    Given the banal context, does it really matter?

    Asterisk means little star anyway.

    http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=asterisk

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    #6

    Re: a star or an asterisk

    Back in the old days of computing, and even to this day, the "*" is called a star. You can use it as a wildcard in searches, for instance. "*.doc" would find all ".doc" files on your computer.

    "Del *.*" (del start dot star) would delete all of your files.

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    Re: a star or an asterisk

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    "Del *.*" (del start dot star) would delete all of your files.
    Get away! Is that a fact?

    Give me a second to try that out; I think you're pulling my le
















    Aw crap
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 08-Sep-2016 at 22:42.

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    Re: a star or an asterisk

    The average cooking housewife and IT major may not have 'asterisk' in their vocabulary, so I think 'star' is quite appropriate in some contexts.

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    Re: a star or an asterisk

    Del*.* still works in Windows. You bring up the Command module (type cmd under Start), change directory (cd whatever), and type "del *.*". However, it gives you an "Are you sure?" warning, and only deletes the files in the directory which you change to.
    There are safer and easier ways to use Windows, but if you're an old hand and want to work from the command line, you can still do it.

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    Re: a star or an asterisk

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    "Del *.*" (del start dot star) would delete all of your files.
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