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James Chandler wrote:
> Don skripted:
> 
>> (The question of "why the asterisks?" remains;
> certainly they are not a problem in speech, as opposed
> to writing. [**])
> 
> The rule in Ido is that unofficial words must be
> marked with an asterisk.  I have no problem with this
> rule in principle or the choice of mark, although of
> course you cannot speak an asterisk, as you rightly
> point out.
> 
FYI, Victor Borge used to demonstrate how punctuation could be spoken.