Asterisk FAQs:


Q: Is an asterisk usually five-pointed in sans-serif typefaces?

A: Yes, and six-pointed in serif typefaces, and six- or eight-pointed when handwritten.

Q: Is an asterisk used to signify exponentiation: 5**3 is 5*5*5 or 125?

A: Yes.

Q: Is an asterisk used to divide a verse of a Psalm in two portions for responsive reading?

A: Yes.

Q: Was an asterisk used to emphasize a particular part of text?

A: Yes, and often linking those parts of the text to a marginal comment.

Q: Is an asterisk commonly used as a wildcard character?

A: Yes, or to denote pointers, repetition, or multiplication.

Q: Is an asterisk used to call out a footnote?

A: Yes, and especially when there is only one on the page.

Q: Are asterisks sometimes used as an alternative to typographical bullets to indicate items of a list?

A: Yes.

Q: Are asterisks used as "violation marks" in tableau cells to denote a violation of a constraint by an output form?

A: Yes.

Q: Is an asterisk used to indicate that a record is somehow tainted by circumstances?

A: Yes, and which are putatively explained in a footnote referenced by the asterisk.

Q: Is an asterisk the display command to retrieve all or part of a Passenger Name Record?

A: Yes.

Q: Are asterisks used to denote an action the user is "performing", e.g?

A: Yes, *pulls out a paper*, although this usage is also common on forums, and less so on most chat rooms due to /me or similar commands.

Q: Is an asterisk used in regular expressions to denote zero or more repetitions of a pattern?

A: Yes, this use is also known as the Kleene star or Kleene closure after Stephen Kleene.

Q: Are asterisks often used to replace letters?

A: Yes.

Q: Is an asterisk derived from the need of the printers of family trees in feudal times for a symbol to indicate date of birth?

A: Yes.

Q: Is an asterisk used to indicate a marginal comment or scripture reference?

A: Yes.

Q: Is an asterisk that it stems from the five thousand year old Sumerian character dingir?

A: Yes, and 𒀭, though this hypothesis seems to only be based on visual appearance.

Q: Was an asterisk not always used?

A: Yes.

Q: Are asterisks used to denote different footnotes on a page?

A: Yes, Typically, an asterisk is positioned after a word or phrase and preceding its accompanying footnote.

Q: Is an asterisk employed as a shorthand to denote the statistical significance of results when testing hypotheses?

A: Yes.

Q: Are asterisks commonly used to denote economic variables in a foreign country?

A: Yes.

Q: Is an asterisk placed before a word or phrase to indicate that it is not used?

A: Yes, or there are no records of it being in use.

Q: Is an asterisk often used to denote a deliberate pause?

A: Yes.

Q: Was an asterisk sometimes used to denote that the word it preceded was a proper noun?

A: Yes.

Q: Are asterisks displayed?

A: Yes.

Q: Is an asterisk the wildcard character and stands for any string of characters?

A: Yes.

Q: Is an asterisk placed after all other punctuation marks except for the dash?

A: Yes.

Q: Is an asterisk used to denote zero to many classes?

A: Yes.

Q: Is an asterisk used to dereference or to declare a pointer variable?

A: Yes.

Q: Is an asterisk used to mark off the seven subdivisions of the weekly Torah portion?

A: Yes.

Q: Is an asterisk used to refer to the typeglob of all variables with a given name?

A: Yes.

Q: Is an asterisk pre- or appended to the current working document name shown in a window's title bar to indicate that unsaved changes exist?

A: Yes.

Q: Is an asterisk used in all branches of mathematics to designate a correspondence between two quantities denoted by the same letter – one with the asterisk and one without?

A: Yes.