Non-Alphabetical Character of the Year for 2006

The Non-Alphabetical Character of the Year for 2006 has been selected: &. The Committee decided on & due to the year being host to “multiple events.” Chairman of the Committee explained, “So many things happened in 2006. This and that and this and that other thing. We felt like & was the obvious choice to represent the vast number of unrelated events that transpired over the last 365 days.”

Runners-up included # (society’s obsession with celebrity rankings), @ (the rise of the internet), © (the battles over copyright), (the rise and fall of Christianity in politics), Ω (a new interest in horseshoes amongst young people), and (some squiggly lines).

W. David MARX (Marxy)
December 14, 2006

Marxy wrote a lot of essays back on his old site Néomarxisme. This is one of them.

8 Responses

  1. Teman Says:

    makes me want to play Nethack

  2. Carl Says:

    Another year that ♨, U+2668 “Hot Springs” gets screwed over by the PC bean counters.

  3. Rory P. Wavekrest Says:

    I like this one:”ܫ” as in:

  4. Your Humble Janitor Says:

    but which tarento was named Non-Alphabeticalist of the year? ¡Enquiring minds want to know!

  5. alin Says:

    you’re being modest, we all know that Ω stands for terminal decline.

  6. DB Says:

    It’s funny, you had that big post about kanji the other day – I always use the & to help explain to people kinda what kanji are and how they work.

  7. Rory P. Wakekrest Says:

    That’s a good way to think about it DB.
    I will try on my Grandmother this Christmas.

  8. me_vs_gutenberg Says:

    Omega is a non-alphabetical character?