What’s the Word for “@#*%!” in a Comic Strip? 
Posted: 15 April 2007 04:51 AM   [ Ignore ]
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There’s a word for the string of symbols used in comics to represent swear words, and I have run across it once, but I’ve forgotten it. Now I’m trying to remember it, and can’t. I’m not even sure how you look up somehting like this. Can anyone enlighten me or do I just @#*%! the darkness?

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Posted: 15 April 2007 08:20 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Grawlix.

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Posted: 15 April 2007 09:07 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Language Log has at least one discussion here

[ed - Follow Language Log links. One is quite amusing.]

[ Edited: 15 April 2007 09:15 AM by janeskid ]
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Posted: 15 April 2007 12:55 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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i always imagined they meant “well, bless my soul”.

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Posted: 15 April 2007 04:42 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Wikipedia has an article about the “Lexicon of Comicana” here, which includes a number of these terms.  Many of them actually appeared a few years earlier in his Backstage at the Strips.  My impression is that most of these were fanciful inventions on his part, but have been adopted by many cartoonists due to Walker’s reputation and influence on the field, and the usefulness of having names for these things.  (It’s easier to say “plewds” than “drops of sweat flying from the character’s face to show that he’s nervous or working hard”.)

The Wikipedia page also shows an illustration of squeans.

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Posted: 15 April 2007 08:28 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Dr. Techie - 15 April 2007 04:42 PM


The Wikipedia page also shows an illustration of squeans.

Well, if I could resist clicking the link before, I certainly couldn’t after that!

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