What Do You Call* or **?


Watching a news program last night, I heard a well known reporter for Bloomberg say “asterick” not once but twice. No such word exists.

One of those marks is an “asterisk.” More than one are “asterisks.” Neither one end in the “—rick” sound. The final syllable of both words contains “—risk.”

Say or write “asterick” at your own risk.


Filed under All things having to do with the English language

2 responses to “What Do You Call* or **?

  1. I haven’t heard anyone say “asterick” before, but I hear a lot of people say “asterix.” I guess it comes easier to the tongue (and “asterick” too) than “asterisk,” which I think sounds weird to some people, ending in “-isk,” which isn’t so common.


  2. Hi, Niall. First of all, thank you so much for following my blog. I hope you’ll find it informative and (perhaps) entertaining.

    As for your comment, I do hear “asterick” very often. People seem to think it’s the singular of “astericks,” which I also hear a lot, but that’s not a word (yet). Your spelling, “asterix,” is just another phonetic way to make the incorrect plural.


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