|(operating system, convention)||UN*X - Used to refer to the Unix
operating system (a trademark of AT&T) in writing, but
avoiding the need for the ugly (TM) typography. Also used to
refer to any or all varieties of Unixoid operating systems.
Ironically, lawyers now say that the requirement for the
TM-postfix has no legal force, but the asterisk usage is
It has been suggested that there may be a psychological connection to practice in certain religions (especially Judaism) in which the name of the deity is never written out in full, e.g. "YHWH" or "G--d" is used.
See also glob.