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From: Peter Langston <psl>
Date: Fri, 31 Jan 97 14:21:57 -0800
Subject: Punctuary Poetry
Forwarded-by: Keith Bostic <email@example.com>
Forwarded-by: "Steve Fraser" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The following poem appeared recently in INFOCUS magazine. The original
authors were Fred Bremmer and Steve Kroese of Calvin College & Seminary of
Grand Rapids, MI.
A poll conducted among INFOCUS readers had established "waka" as the proper
pronunciation for the angle-bracket characters < and >, though some readers
held out resolutely for "norkies."
The text of the poem follows:
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.
[Sorry, but the pronunciation of "<>" is obviously "angle-brackets," not
"waka-waka" or "norkies-norkies"... What nerd would use the same word for
two opposite symbols? Sheesh! -psl]
© 1997 Peter Langston