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Re: The F word and me

John Brignell
Yes, I was responsible for switching it on and, yes, I am embarrassed by the puerile replacement of words such as the name of that tsunami-afflicted Japanese town by asterisks.

When I first encountered computing hands-on around 1978, I pronounced asterisk as "splat" because the mark looked like a splattered insect; and "splat" is much easier to say than asterisk; and more interesting than "star".

Poor 福島. First devastated by tsunami and suffering bouts of debilitating radiophobia; it's now been splattered by algorithms and inaccessible to the West.