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"But there is a superficial morality among the English of the present day which unhappily bears all before it, and those who dare to write in the teeth of this bring upon themselves most unmerited obloquy; the consequence of this is shewn in all our translations of the classics. Mr. Bohn's classical series might have been a most splendid introduction to the pursuit of Latin and Greek Literature, but unfortunately when an obscene passage occurs, it is either omitted without asterisks or simply and purposely mistranslated."--The Index Expurgatorius of Martial (1868) by anonymous

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An asterisk (*; Late asteriscus, from ἀστερίσκος, asteriskos, or "astress") is a typographical symbol or glyph. It is so called because it resembles a conventional image of a star. Computer scientists and mathematicians often pronounce it as star (as, for example, in the A* search algorithm or C*-algebra). In English, an asterisk is usually five-pointed in sans-serif typefaces, six-pointed in serif typefaces, and six- or eight-pointed when handwritten.

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