What The $&%@#?


Coined by the late Beetle Bailey cartoonist Mort Walker but in use long before that, the term ‘grawlix’ denotes a string of symbols used to indicate obscenity without using obscenity.

We prefer the more provocative ‘tootle-pootle popkins’.


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5 thoughts on “What The $&%@#?

  1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

    Is it BroadSheet? Because otherwise it should be shortened to the ‘sheet. You silly tootle pootle popkins

  2. Slightly Bemused

    I found that very informative. I had often wondered how the practice started (usually after a few too many and at OMGIE) and if there were standards or conventions. By that, I mean do more @@@ mean something worse than a #, with a ! being milder?

    Thanks for posting

  3. Murtles

    Always loved the character Moronie from the 1984 film Johnny Dangerously – “You fargin sneaky bastage, you’re only an icehole”

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