Jewls2u Jewls2u at WHIDBEY.COM
Tue Aug 7 15:20:23 UTC 2001

>(In the early 70s on The Electric
>Company, Victor Borge narrated this
>story, and he also narrated all of the >punctuation -- he had a special
>sound for each mark, although the _ >>>didn't come into play.)

I imagine the word he might have used for underscore could have been
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From: American Dialect Society [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU]On Behalf
Of Mark Mandel
Sent: Tuesday, August 07, 2001 7:00 AM
Subject: Re: Dot

"Steve Kl." <stevekl at PANIX.COM> wrote:

Perhaps only Erin will get this, but:

On Wed, 1 Aug 2001, James A. Landau wrote:

> There is one term which does not yet exist but hopefully will appear
soon.  I
> would like a one-syllable synonym for the underscore ( _ ) character.

I asked some tech friends of mine if they were aware of any such words for
_, and so far no one has responded except for my partner who said "Where's
Victor Borge when you need him?"

(In the early 70s on The Electric Company, Victor Borge narrated this
story, and he also narrated all of the punctuation -- he had a special
sound for each mark, although the _ didn't come into play.)

The Electric Company number was a variation on a piece that was standard
Borge repertoire for many, many years before that.

                  Mark A. Mandel : Senior Linguist
            Dragon Systems, a Lernout & Hauspie company
 320 Nevada St., Newton, MA 02460, USA :

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