ebster defines symbol as, “something that stands for something else, a letter or character used instead of a word to represent a quantity, position, relationship, direction, or something to be done.”
These symbols have the tendency to define someone or something. For example the New York Yankees have their world-known symbol emblazoned on their uniforms and hats. One of the most famous mathematic symbols throughout the world is p. The symbol Donald Trump most fears is the *.
The asterisk is a symbol that represents that something has been left out. Today’s modern use for the * is that a title or representation does not completely mean what it is supposed to mean. In other words, there is a reality associated with the title.
Throughout modern history there have been many titles whose original meaning had something attached to it. For example: for years Phil Jackson referred to the San Antonio Spurs title as having an asterisk attached to it because of the shortened season.