Names for Symbols

In the IT profession, it’s good to have a word for each symbol that might show up on a standard keyboard or in various text documents (source code, scripts, etc). Here are some to start with – I may come back and add more later. As with most things in IT, there are often many names for the same symbol.

  • # = hash, pound
  • ! = bang, exclamation
    • #! = she-bang (combine hash & bang)
  • / = forward slash (top leans to right or “forwards”)
  • \ = back slash (top leans to left or “backwards”)
  • & = ampersand, “and symbol”, “and sign”
  • ~ = tilde
  • ` = back tick
  • ' = single quote, apostrophe
  • " = double quote, quotation mark
  • ^ = carat, hat
  • * = asterisk, star
  • {} = curly brackets, curly braces (left or open & right or close)
  • [] = square brackets, square braces (left or open & right or close)
  • () = paren or parenthesis (singular), parens or parentheses (plural) (left or open & right or close)
  • | = pipe, “vertical bar”
  • _ = underscore, “under bar”
  • . = period, point, dot

These names are helpful during a phone call or in a classroom to explain what someone should type at his or her computer.

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