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^H is a hackishly humorous way of displaying "stumbling" over a word in text. The usage comes from early problems with UNIX textmode settings, where the backspace key would sometimes be incorrectly displayed as a control-H (or ^H) character instead of deleting the previous letter. Some terminal-emulation software corrects for this error, while others prefer pressing delete.

For example:

  • "You are a fool^H^H^H^Hgenius"
  • "I wish I had come up with it first^H^H^H^H^Hback when it mattered."
  • "We^H^HYou are responsible for this problem."