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From: "Talarican" <chemmie@mindspring.com>
Subject: (urth) A Little Dotty? M*MILLION artifact of character set
Date: Wed, 22 Dec 1999 21:15:54 

Hmmm, I always assumed the plate read: M . Million

Sometimes a dot is used to indicate multiplication.  "Monsieur" is
often abbreviated to "M."

You're right, of course. I would actually have preferred to use a "bullet"
dot floating at mid-line height for this, but of course the email character
set wouldn't support it, so far as I know. But that's how _I_ envisioned
what Number Five saw, with his hungover revelation proceeding when he
realizes that the dot is not a period but a dot at half-height in the line
of text.
I tried to approximate it with an asterisk, which of course is also used as
a multiplication sign, esp. in most programming languages.
BTW I apologize to all for my mishap last couple of posts; I didn't realize
my new email software defaulted to HTML.

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