Asterisk - Wikipedia

The asterisk evolved in shape over time, but its meaning as a symbol used to correct defects remained. In the Middle Ages, the asterisk was used to emphasize a particular part of text, often linking those parts of the text to a marginal comment. However, an asterisk was not always used.See also: U+2042 ⁂ ASTERISM (HTML ⁂)…

Urban Dictionary: asterisk

Symbol used online for 3 things usually. 1. Bolding or emphasizing a word where font types are unavailable. 2. A way of setting off a word that gives what you're writing a "tone" without actually leading the reader to believe that you're saying the word. 3. Making a correction to a previous mistake.…