A modern ideogram
used in comic strips and advertising. The sign is drawn around words
written within it. The sign symbolizes that the words are spoken in a
non-normal way. It is drawn next to a person's mouth or a
loudspeaker and symbolizes human speech heard through an electronic
medium such as a telephone or radio, or speech
uttered under extreme circumstances such as
anger, fear or irritation.
Compare with , the sign for normal speech, and for thoughts.