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On Sat, 16 Nov 2013 19:35:53 +0000
Brian Barker <> wrote:

Some people think "~" is a tilde.  (Hint: it's a swung dash.)

Actually, it *is* a tilde (or at least looks identical to).

See the section "Keyboards" here:

My keyboard only has one such symbol on it that I am aware of, so it
has to be the tilde.

Also see the section "Computing", which talks of it being an
indicator of the home directory on Unix like OSen. The aforementioned
key on my keyboard is used for this, ergo it must be a tilde.

Beyond that (using unicode characters, say), I'm not sure I could tell
the difference between them offhand. I'd probably use the tilde for all
the various uses.

Just saying :)

And hence I'm in complete agreement that people often need a symbol
that they know the look of (or maybe only sort of remember the look
of), but don't know what it is called, or where to look for it.


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