Gareth Branwyn garethb2 at EARTHLINK.NET
Tue Jul 31 17:41:26 UTC 2001

"Baker, John" wrote:

> The trisyllabic "period" is just too long and awkward.

This was always my guess as to the reason for its origins (and so as not
to confuse it with a full stop). Also, in Unix, there is the use of the
word "bang" for "!" which I always assumed was so that one doesn't have
to say "exclamation point."

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