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11-07-2000, 04:41 PM
What is the name of the '@' symbol? For example:
But what's that pesky '@' thing called? Can anyone enlighten me? Got names for any other symbols?
11-07-2000, 04:49 PM
11-07-2000, 05:04 PM
Ia m with Gunslinger on that. I have always heard it referred to as "The at sign"
11-07-2000, 05:06 PM
"At" and "business at" are the two terms I've seen used most often. We have had more than one thread on this, but doing a search for @ gives an error and searching for "at" brings back 90% of the posts on the board, so it's a bit hard to find.
I have never seen a special name applied to it (such as the never-used "octothorp" for the American "pound" or British "hash" symbol).
11-07-2000, 05:27 PM
I'm another one who only knows it as the "at" sign, but I am now really pleased because I had never met the term "octothorpe" before. So, hello, stuporous intnendent, and thank you for inadvertently fighting my ignorance. ( I don't enjoy spelling your name though. :)
11-07-2000, 05:28 PM
It is called the atmark (one word) or "at symbol" or, more recently, ampersat. A previous thread: http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?threadid=32917
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