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^&*@|.~=>???

Punctuation Pronunciation

  • () parens
  • [] brackets or square brackets
  • {} braces or curly braces
  • <> angle brackets or less than, greater than
  • ^ caret
  • # hash
  • ! bang
  • " quote or double quote
  • ' tick or single quote
  • ` backtick
  • _ underscore (not underline)
  • * splat or star or asterisk
  • . dot (not period)
  • | pipe or vertical bar
  • ~ tilde
  • @ at or at sign
  • & ampersand
  • => hashrocket
  • <=> flying saucer

Waka Waka Poem

The following poem appeared in the May/June 1990 issue of Infocus magazine and has since been floating around the Internet. The original authors were Fred Bremmer and Steve Kroese of Calvin College & Seminary of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

< > ! * ' ' #
^ " ` $ $ -
! * = @ $ _
% * < > ~ # 4
& [ ] . . /
| { , ,  SYSTEM HALTED

Waka Waka Poem Transliterated

<    >    !    *     '    '    #
Waka waka bang splat tick tick hash,

^     "     `         $      $      -
Caret quote back-tick dollar dollar dash,

!    *     =     @  $      _
Bang splat equal at dollar underscore,

%       *     <    >    ~     #      4
Percent splat waka waka tilde number four,

&         [       ]       .   .   /
Ampersand bracket bracket dot dot slash,

|            {             ,     ,     SYSTEM HALTED
Vertical-bar curly-bracket comma comma CRASH.

Waka Waka Ruby Poem

A Ruby version would add the line

<=> => << >> HashWithIndifferentAccess

flying saucer hashrocket shovel shovel Mash

(written by Alex C, no credit required nor desired)

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