from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A spiral-shaped graphic used to indicate swearing in comic strips.
  • noun A string of typographical symbols, especially "@#$%&!", used (especially in comic strips) to represent an obscenity or swearword.
  • noun A series of violence related images in a speech bubble to represent obscenity or swearwords


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Apparently coined by American cartoonist Mort Walker circa 1964.



Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • $%#$%%$ #$@#$@#$ ^&$^# %#)(@#$ #$)(% @#$#@$@ %$^#$!#@$ @ @#$@#$@#$ #@$@#$#@$@

    August 17, 2007

  • Wouldn't the plural be grawlices?

    April 22, 2008

  • Not according to the inventor of the word, Mort Walker. He called them grawlixes in the plural. :-)

    April 22, 2008

  • Maybe if you Latinised it as 'graulix, graulicis'...

    April 22, 2008

  • DEF: The use of random non-alphabet characters as one word to indicate cursing? It’s a universally understood device, and is applied in both graphic and textual settings.

    July 17, 2008

  • I thought it was a distant cousin to gravlox.

    July 22, 2008

  • Msiii, no one's disputing that (I don't think). But I believe Walker was the first to coin a word for them. :-)

    July 23, 2008

  • I love gravlox...

    July 23, 2008

  • @reesetee: Sure, no one's disputing that either. Never said I'd coin a new word. It appeared in several other wordies months ago, but without proper definition.

    just want to keep it in my memory (=wordie) :)

    July 26, 2008

  • Gotcha. :-)

    July 28, 2008