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Re: What is your favorite alternate name for a (specific) keyboard key?

by ww (Archbishop)
on Jul 01, 2016 at 21:08 UTC ( #1167025=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to What is your favorite alternate name for a (specific) keyboard key?

What? No option for BANG (!), splat (#) or star (*)?

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Re^2: What is your favorite alternate name for a (specific) keyboard key?
by chacham (Prior) on Jul 05, 2016 at 13:07 UTC

    No option for BANG (!), splat (#) or star (*)?

    Those are names for the symbols, not the keys.

      A dubious distinction in this context, but an interesting one, reminiscent of Lewis Carroll:

          ‘You are sad,’ the Knight said in an anxious tone: ‘let me sing you a song to comfort you.’
          ‘Is it very long?’ Alice asked, for she had heard a good deal of poetry that day.
          ‘It’s long,’ said the Knight, ‘but it’s very, very beautiful. Everybody that hears me sing it—either it brings the tears into their eyes, or else—’
          ‘Or else what?’ said Alice, for the Knight had made a sudden pause.
          ‘Or else it doesn’t, you know. The name of the song is called “Haddocks’ Eyes.”’
          ‘Oh, that’s the name of the song, is it?’ Alice said, trying to feel interested.
          ‘No, you don’t understand,’ the Knight said, looking a little vexed. ‘That’s what the name is called. The name really isThe Aged Aged Man.”’
          ‘Then I ought to have said “That’s what the song is called”?’ Alice corrected herself.
          ‘No, you oughtn’t: that’s quite another thing! The song is called “Ways and Means”: but that’s only what it’s called, you know!’
          ‘Well, what is the song, then?’ said Alice, who was by this time completely bewildered.
          ‘I was coming to that,’ the Knight said. ‘The song really isA-sitting On A Gate”: and the tune’s my own invention.’

      — from Through the Looking-Glass, quoted in Use and Mention by Norman Schwartz. See Haddocks' Eyes and Use-mention distinction.


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        A dubious distinction in this context

        As a card carrying member of the LCSNA i applaud the Alice reference. :)

        When i posted the poll idea for this poll, i specifically excluded symbol names and stuck to what the keys are called, because the symbols have too many names and the list would be unwieldy. Furthermore, as the option for "Backtick / Tilde" (amonst others) demonstrates, it isn't even referring the same symbols! The focus was specifically on the keys.

        Alas, as with any work of art, the artist's interpretation is mere trivia. :)

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