Wednesday, March 19, 2008


This is an asterisk.


It's used to indicate a qualifying statement that must be attached to some word or sentence.

For some reason, people seem to confuse it with this person.

This is Asterix.

He's a French cartoon character who knocks about in ancient Gaul (as France used to be called a while back).

He fights a constant series of battles against the Romans along with his various friends. And, because he's got access to a magic potion, he and his mates always win.

It's supposed to be funny but, having read one of the stories, I disagree.

As you can see, there's a world of difference between the two.

So, to recap:

Asterisk - a little star-like thing that sits above a word or statement that needs some form of later qualification.

Asterix - an ancient Gaul in cartoon form who is constantly engaged in less-than-funny capers with Roman soldiers.

It's obvious when you spot it.


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whilldtkwriter said...

Love the explanation of asterisk and Asterix (with image!). Found this article during my google journey over asterisk vs asterick, asterick being a common pronunciation. (The incorrect pronunciation and use always bugs me.)