in reply to Re: Dots and cargo-cult programming
in thread Dots and cargo-cult programming

for the greaterthan (don't know the real name)
The offical ISO name is indeed "GREATER-THAN SIGN".

The Jargon File lists the following common names, in rough order of popularity:

< > Common: <less/greater than>; bra/ket; l/r angle; l/r angle bracket; l/ +r broket. Rare: from/{into, towards}; read from/write to; suck/blow; +comes-from/gozinta; in/out; crunch/zap (all from UNIX); tic/tac; [ang +le/right angle].
In INTERCAL, it's called the "right angle".


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Re: (3) Dots... (Russ: goofy poem)
by Russ (Deacon) on Jul 17, 2001 at 20:47 UTC
    Okay, I just couldn't resist this...

    This is old, but still cute enough to amuse me:

    A poll conducted among poets had established "waka" as the proper pronunciation for the angle-bracket characters < and >, though some poets held out for "norkies." The text of the poem follows: <>!*''# ^"`$$- !*=@$_ %*<>~#4 &[]../ |{,, SYSTEM HALTED The poem can only be appreciated by reading it aloud, to wit: Waka waka bang splat tick tick hash, Caret quote back-tick dollar dollar dash, Bang splat equal at dollar under-score, Percent splat waka waka tilde number four, Ampersand bracket bracket dot dot slash, Vertical-bar curly-bracket comma comma CRASH.
    So, I've called < and > "waka" ever since (to the confusion/amusement of all around me) :-)

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