I have been curious about this for awhile, and since Ken has previously been in the general information technology world, perhaps he or others who follow this message board can comment.
There is the international radio alphabet, often used of late by people trying to give you information of an alphanumeric string over the telephone, such as your airline reservation record locator:
And as I have not had it committed to memory, I am always just using a name and then indicating a source, such as "S as in Sam (I am)" which is a lot slower.
Now, there should be some source out there for references of simple terms to communicate puctuation - but the only ones you hear usualy are "star" for * for the asterisk key on the telephone (also called "splat" in programmer-ese"), and "pound" for # (also called hash). the key to these words in my opinion is to have a one or at most two syllable distinct name such as
- dash (or dah for the amateur radio folks)
. dot (or dit - ditto)
@ "at" (not each anymore)
? hook (in programmer speak)
! bang (prog speak)
$ buck (prog speak)
| pipe (prog speak)
/ slash (web speak)
\ backslash (don't get into the orenthal james jokes here....) - this could then just be called "back" or maybe something else.
Does anyone have good descriptive or unique names for colon : semi colon ; or other things used in text ideograms of faces that I cant recall the term for at the moment....
or a good short name for &, <, >, or other commonly used punctuation?