[Info] ASCII characters pronunciation

Started by Xhanch Studio, April 15, 2011, 01:04:42 PM

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As programmers, we deal with a lot of unusual keyboard characters that typical users rarely need to type, much less think about:
Quote$ # % {} * [] ~ & <>


Even the characters that are fairly regularly used in everyday writing -- such as the humble dash, parens, period, and question mark -- have radically different meaning in programming languages.

This is all well and good, but you'll eventually have to read code out loud to another developer for some reason. And then you're in an awkward position, indeed.

How many of these ASCII pronunciations do you recognize? Which ones are the "correct" ones in your shop?

  • [spoiler=!]Common names: exclamation mark, bang, pling, excl, not, shriek
    Rare names: factorial, exclam, smash, cuss, boing, yell, wow, hey, wham, eureka, spark-spot, soldier, control[/spoiler]

  • [spoiler="]Common names: quotation marks, quote, double quote
    Rare names: literal mark, double-glitch, dieresis, dirk, rabbit-ears, double prime[/spoiler]

  • [spoiler=#]Common names: hash, pound sign, number sign, pound, sharp, crunch, hex, mesh
    Rare names: grid, crosshatch, octothorpe, flash, square, pig-pen, tictactoe, scratchmark, thud, thump, splat[/spoiler]

  • [spoiler=$]Common names: dollar sign, dollar
    Rare names: currency symbol, buck, cash, string, escape, ding, cache, big money[/spoiler]

  • [spoiler=%]Common names: percent sign, mod, grapes
    Rare names: double-oh-seven[/spoiler]

  • [spoiler=&]Common names: ampersand, amp, amper, and, and sign
    Rare names: address, reference, andpersand, bitand, background, pretzel[/spoiler]

  • [spoiler=']Common names: apostrophe, single quote, quote
    Rare names: prime, glitch, tick, irk, pop, spark, closing single quotation mark, acute accent[/spoiler]

  • [spoiler=( )]Common names: opening / closing parenthesis, left / right paren, left / right parenthesis, left / right, open / close, open / close paren, paren / thesis
    Rare names: so/already, lparen/rparen, opening/closing parenthesis, opening/closing round bracket, left/right round bracket, wax/wane, parenthisey/unparenthisey, left/right ear[/spoiler]

  • [spoiler=[ ]]Common names: opening / closing bracket, left / right bracket, left / right square bracket, bracket / unbracket
    Rare names: square / unsquare, u turn / u turn back [/spoiler]

  • [spoiler={ }]Common names: opening / closing brace, open / close brace, left / right brace, left / right squiggly, left / right squiggly bracket/brace, left / right curly bracket/brace
    Rare names: brace / unbrace, curly / uncurly, leftit / rytit, left / right squirrelly, embrace / bracelet[/spoiler]

  • [spoiler=< >]Common names: less / greater than, bra / ket, left / right angle, left / right angle bracket, left / right broket
    Rare names: from / into (or towards), read from / write to, suck / blow, comes-from / gozinta, in / out, crunch / zap, tic / tac, angle / right angle[/spoiler]

  • [spoiler=*]Common names: asterisk, star, splat
    Rare names: wildcard, gear, dingle, mult, spider, aster, times, twinkle, glob, Nathan Hale[/spoiler]

  • [spoiler=+]Common names: plus, add
    Rare names: cross, intersection[/spoiler]

  • [spoiler=,]Common names: comma
    Rare names: cedilla, tail[/spoiler]

  • [spoiler=-]Common names: dash, hyphen, minus
    Rare names: worm, option, dak, bithorpe[/spoiler]

  • [spoiler=.]Common names: period, dot, point, decimal point
    Rare names: radix point, full stop, spot[/spoiler]

  • [spoiler=/]Common names: slash, stroke, slant, forward slash
    Rare names: diagonal, solidus, over, slak, virgule, slat[/spoiler]

  • [spoiler=\]Common names: backslash, hack, whack, escape, reverse slash, slosh, backslant, backwhack
    Rare names: bash, reverse slant, reversed virgule, backslat[/spoiler]

  • [spoiler=:]Common names: colon
    Rare names: dots, two-spot[/spoiler]

  • [spoiler=;]Common names: semicolon, semi
    Rare names: weenie, hybrid, pit-thwong[/spoiler]

  • [spoiler==]Common names: equals, gets, takes
    Rare names: quadrathorpe, half-mesh[/spoiler]

  • [spoiler=?]Common names: question mark, query, ques
    Rare names: quiz, whatmark, what, wildchar, huh, hook, buttonhook, hunchback[/spoiler]

  • [spoiler=@]Common names: at sign, at, strudel
    Rare names: each, vortex, whorl, whirlpool, cyclone, snail, ape, cat, rose, cabbage, commercial at[/spoiler]

  • [spoiler=^]Common names: circumflex, caret, hat, control, uparrow
    Rare names: xor sign, chevron, shark (or shark-fin), to the, fang, pointer[/spoiler]

  • [spoiler=_]Common names: underline, underscore, underbar, under
    Rare names: score, backarrow, skid, flatworm[/spoiler]

  • [spoiler=`]Common names: grave accent, backquote, left quote, left single quote, open quote, grave
    Rare names: backprime, backspark, unapostrophe, birk, blugle, back tick, back glitch, push, opening single quote, quasiquote[/spoiler]

  • [spoiler=|]Common names: bar, or, or-bar, v-bar, pipe, vertical bar
    Rare names: vertical line, gozinta, thru, pipesinta, spike[/spoiler]

  • [spoiler=~]Common names: tilde, squiggle, twiddle, not
    Rare names: approx, wiggle, swung dash, enyay, sqiggle (sic)[/spoiler]

Best Regards,
Susanto B.Sc
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