A series of punctuation, as in the above, is generally used to indicate foul language.

I have often wondered: if some words cannot be said because of what they mean, and you substitute some other word for it, isn't that just as bad? I mean, after all you did mean the same thing--you just didn't use the exact same word for it.

This string of characters was actually the original title for the arcade game Q*Bert. It was quickly changed when the suits realized that nobody would know how to pronounce this title. A few machines were still shipped with this name adorning the marquee. Those particular machines are even more valuable than normal Q*Bert machines. The "@!#?@!" marquee alone often sells for a hundred dollars or more.

They may have changed the title, but the phrase remained alive, as this is what Q*Bert says whenever any of the bad guys get him.

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