Saturday, February 14, 2009

The shining

"The asterisk is placed against [that which has been] omitted, in order for what seems to be omitted may shine forth." —St. Isidore of Seville, Etymolgiae

(as quoted in Torbjörn Lundmark's Quirky Qwerty)

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Trivia: What is the triple asterisk section-break indicator above (* * *) known as?

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3 Comments:

Blogger Kaela said...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asterism_(typography)

12:02 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

I believe an asterism is for the pyramid formation:

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What about as a section divider?

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5:02 PM  
Blogger Kaela said...

i learned the horizontal section divider asterisk-trio as a "section break" ("with asterisks"). but that seemed too easy! you're right, though; asterism isn't it...

hm...until a properly correct and ancient typographical term is unearthed, in my personal copyediting slang the * * * section breaker will be known as "the flattened asterism".

12:25 AM  

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