My hunch was right, sort of. 'K' means strike out; reverse the 'K' to
indicate the third strike was called (the batter didn't swing). If the
catcher drops the ball (in which case the batter may advance), but tags the
batter out, it still goes down as 'K' (or reverse 'K'); if the runner
reaches first safely, it goes down as 'E2-K' meaning strikeout, catcher's
I know this, because it's World Series time and I asked the bartender. And
it has nothing to do with politics; the notion that it does proved highly
amusing to the assembled fans.
In a semi-serious vein: wouldn't box-score notation be a suitable candidate
for encoding? It's pretty standard, has a specific syntax, and is spoken by
millions. I would think other sports might have similar "languages";
choreographic notation also comes to mind. Any Unicode-related activity for
such things, or would they be considered private use encodings?
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Reynolds, Gregg [mailto:email@example.com]
> Sent: Monday, October 04, 1999 10:02 AM
> To: Unicode List
> Subject: RE: LATIN CAPITAL LETTER REVERSED K?
> I doubt very much it has anything to do with politics. A 'K'
> in the box
> score means 'strikeout'; a reversed 'K' means, uh, I forget
> what exactly,
> but I'm sure you could find it on the net somewhere. The guy
> across the
> hall things it means the catcher dropped the third strike,
> which technically
> speaking means its not a strikeout, since the batter must be
> tagged out.
> But I think that's a little too arcane; I think it might mean
> the batter
> went down swinging. In any case, I'm pretty sure reversing
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: John Cowan [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> > Sent: Monday, October 04, 1999 9:15 AM
> > To: Unicode List
> > Subject: LATIN CAPITAL LETTER REVERSED K?
> > I have just learned that in recording the box scores in baseball
> > (an international game despite its U.S. origins), the letter K is
> > rendered in reverse when appearing in strings of length > 3,
> > so as to avoid the (U.S.) political implications of "KKK".
> > Does this usage count as plain text, or is it more like a font
> > difference or dingbat?
> > --
> > John Cowan email@example.com
> > I am a member of a civilization. --David Brin
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