The following poem appeared in INFOCUS magazine. The original

authors were Fred Bremmer and Steve Kroese of Calvin College & Seminary

of Grand Rapids, MI.

 

A poll conducted among INFOCUS readers had established "waka" as the

proper pronunciation for the angle-bracket characters < and , though

some readers held out resolutely for "norkies."

 

The text of the poem follows:

 

<> !*''#

^"`$$-

!*=@$_

%*<> ~#4

&[]../

|{,,SYSTEM HALTED

 

The poem can only be appreciated by reading it aloud, to wit:

 

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.