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 SPLAT n. 1. Name used in many places (DEC, IBM, and others) for the
       ASCII star ("*") character. 2. (MIT) Name used by some
       people for the ASCII pound-sign ("#") character. 3.
       (Stanford) Name used by some people for the Stanford/ITS extended
       ASCII circle-x character. (This character is also called
       "circle-x", "blobby", and "frob", among
       other names.) 4. (Stanford) Name for the semi-mythical extended ASCII
       circle-plus character. 5. Canonical name for an output routine that
       outputs whatever the the local interpretation of splat is. Usage:
       nobody really agrees what character "splat" is, but the term
       is common.