grawlix (&*@#^+)

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grawlix (&*@#^+)

Postby eberntson » Tue Jan 06, 2009 3:17 pm

This word has been following me around for a month or two , so I thought I would suggest it. I heard it used on NPR one afternoon, then in the book Thingummy, and then someone in a meeting called them something completely different & I was able to correct them. (&^@#%^$%!@ I love my job! :roll: )

I have been reading Asimov's Foundation series and he solves the problem by using the word unprintable. Works but not as fun for the typesetter. :P

From wiktionary:

EtymologyApparently coined by American cartoonist Mort Walker (b. 1923) around 1964.

[edit] PronunciationIPA: /ˈgrɔ:lɪks/

[edit] NounSingular
grawlixes or grawlix

grawlix (plural grawlixes or grawlix)

A spiral-shaped graphic used to indicate swearing in comic strips.
1995, William H. Gass, The Tunnel, page 159
He does all the Popeye voices, but prefers Olive Oyl's. He has noises for the nittles, the grawlix, the quimps, the jarns. He blows each balloon up before your ears. He reels home, +'s on his eyes, singing the spirl that rises like heat from his head.
A string of typographical symbols used (especially in comic strips) to represent an obscenity or swearword.
Fear less, hope more;
eat less, chew more;
whine less, breathe more;
talk less, say more,
and all good things will be yours.
--R. Burns

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Re: grawlix (&*@#^+)

Postby Stargzer » Wed Jan 07, 2009 1:21 am

...EtymologyApparently coined by American cartoonist Mort Walker (b. 1923) around 1964.
Well, he had to do something to extend Sgt. Snorkel's vocabulary to make it fit to print in a family newspaper!

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Re: grawlix (&*@#^+)

Postby David Myer » Sun May 09, 2021 7:01 pm

For anyone who is interested, this article on the matter is quite entertaining. ... 0-grawlix/

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Re: grawlix (&*@#^+)

Postby Slava » Sun May 09, 2021 7:46 pm

Backstage at the Strips is one of my favorite books. Always nice to be reminded of it and see that others are still enjoying it. :D :D
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