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2009/5/20 René Uittenbogaard <[log in to unmask]>:
> Just found this on Wikipedia:
>
>> In linguistics, the percent sign is prepended to an example string to
>> show that it is judged well-formed by some speakers and ill-formed by
>> others. This may be due to differences in dialect or even individual
>> idiolects. This is similar to the asterisk to mark ill-formed strings,
>> the question mark to mark strings where well-formedness is unclear,
>> and the number sign to mark strings that are syntactically well-formed
>> but semantically nonsensical.
>
> This looks interesting, but I can't say that I've ever seen % or # being used,
> just ? and *. How widely know are these conventions?

Widely enough that Trask covers them in his
_Dictionary_of_Grammatical_Terms_in_Linguistics_.