Much like & % #, or how "that" used to have the thorn and T, does anyone know if at any point in the English language the word "as" had a symbol?


There are several shorthand systems that encode as in the form of symbols. The Pitman system uses a small circle above the line. It looks something like this:

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A:B :: B:C = A is to B as B is to C

Thus :: = "as"

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There is none. Should you choose to pioneer the use of such a symbol, might I suggest ~, since it's not good for much else. Looks like a worm in running away from something.

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    It's commonly used for 'approximately' – Pete Kirkham May 17 '16 at 21:33
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    Plus "not" in logic, and a user's home directory in any Unix-like operating system. So not entirely useless, irrespective of any fleeing worm connotations. – Prof Yaffle May 17 '16 at 22:44
  • I would suggest lower-case Omega... Although it's used in some electronics-formulas for (if I remember correctly) "angle-speed" - 2*pi*f (2 times pi times frequency). Why? Because with a little fantasy, it looks like an a$$,.. – Baard Kopperud May 17 '16 at 23:33

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