Date: Thu, 14 Sep 1995 12:14:05 -0700 From: Sylvia Swift Subject: Re: with a bullet casey kasem (sorry if that's not the right spelling, i haven't seen the tony robbins infommercial in a while)'s syndicated radio show, "american top forty" probably did a great deal to popularize this phrase. the statistics for that show were drawn from _billboard_ magazine, especially their lists of best-selling/most played-on-the-air records broken down by market. the last time i looked at an issue of _billboard_, they still maintained such lists. a bullet (typographical symbol, that is) appearing next to a number meant something like "fast-moving"; there was an explanatory note at the bottom of the chart (cf. _the new york times book review_ chart, where an asterisk denotes little difference between an entry and its neighbor). on the etymology of bullet (looks like a bullet-hole?) in its typographical sense, you might try _pocket pal: a graphic arts production handbook_, published (and updated every year or so) by international paper company or _the chicago manual of style_.