In a recent magazine poll, readers established “waka” as the proper pronunciation for the angle-bracket characters < or >. The following poem appeared recently in the magazine.

 

The text of the poem follows:

 

< > ! * ‘ ‘ #
^ ” ` $ $ –
! * = @ $ _
% * < > ~ # 4
& [ ] . . /
| { , , SYSTEM HALTED

 

The poem can only be appreciated by reading it aloud, as such:

 

Waka waka bang splat tick tick hash,
Caret quote back-tick dollar dollar dash,
Bang splat equal at dollar under-score,
Percent splat waka waka tilde number four,
Ampersand bracket bracket dot dot slash,
Vertical-bar curly-bracket comma comma CRASH!