What the #@&*^ is that? ( translating special characters)

If you don’t know anything about programing, or you remember a time when you didn’t know anything about programing, you also know that when most people look at a standard computer keyboard they see a bunch of mysterious symbols scattered throughout the letters and numbers they learned as a child. They don’t know what these symbols are called or why they are there…

These symbols are used regularly by computer programmers. Each symbol has multiple names, depending on who you ask, where they are from, what language they write code in, and how cool they (think) they are.


|

verticle bar, or, or-bar, v-bar, gozinta, thru, pipesinta, pipe

*

star, asterisk, splat, wildcard, gear, dingle, spider, times, twinkle, glob

#

number sign, pound, hash, sharp, crunch, grid, cross-hatch, octothorps, flash, pig-pen, tic-tac-toe, scratch mark, thud, thump.

~

tilde, squiggle, twiddle, wiggle, swung dash

< >

waka, angle bracket, broken, suck/blow, in/out, crunch/zap, tic/tac

?

question mark, query, quiz, whatmark, what, wild char, hook, buttonhook, hunchback

@

at sign, at, strudel, vortex, whorl, whirlpool, snail, ape, cat, cabbage, pigs tail, cat

^

caret, hat, control, xor sign, chevron, shark fin, fang, pointer

_

underscore, underbar, under, score, backarrow, skid, flat row

`

back tick, backquote, grave accent, grave, back prime, back spark, unapostrophe, birk, blugle, push, quasi quote

( )

(left/right, open/close) Paren, Parenthesis, Round, Round Bracket, finger nail

&

ampersand, amp, amper, and, pretzel

{ }

(left/right, open/close) brace, bracket, squiggly, squiggly bracket, curly, uncurly

/

slash, forward slash, stroke, slant, forward slash, diagonal, over, whack

\

backslash, hack, whack, escape, reverse slash, slosh, back slant, back whack, bash, reversed virgule

=

equals, quadrathorpe, half-mesh

%

percent, percent sign, mod, grapes

:

colon, dots, two-spot, snake-bite

;

semicolon, weenie, pit-thrwong

.

dot, point, period, radix point, full stop

-

dash, hyphen, minus, worm, dak, bithorpe