The pound sign, the voice explains, ”is to the right of the zero; the asterisk is to the left of the zero.” I believe that AT&T used ”pound sign” for this symbol from the first introduction of the touch-tone keypad in 1963, but it’s clear that in 1990-1991 the term was still new to many Americans.
Since # has never meant pound in the UK, and only in the last fifty years or so beautiful number, it has never been called pound sign or number sign. In my universe, #include is universally hash include.
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In Canada the symbol is called both the ”number sign” and the ”pound sign”. Other hypotheses for the origin of the word include the last name of James Oglethorpe, . Language Log » The ”pound sign” mystery
Language Log » The ”pound sign” mystery Yesterday, in discussing Kevin Fowler’s song Pound Sign, there was some debate about the origin of the term ”pound sign” for the symbol #. I suggested that it all
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May 05, 2016 · (For the most comprehensive exposition of the pound sign mystery, try the ever-reliable Language Log.) Thanks mainly to endless recorded instructions played over the telephone, we all learned the new name in short order, and it was even starting to worm its way into non-telephonic fields, when along came Twitter.
Language Log « The Queen’s English Molly Ivins’ obituary for her dog, published in the Texas Observer in February, left her with me ”just for the weekend” and then returned Monday threatening to take her to the pound and have her put to sleep. I was going to name her something lovely, like Athena, but reality intervened.
After . . . whatever might have happened recently, you might find yourself wanting to use foul language, even in print. But, thoughtful and level-headed editor that you are, you can control yourself enough to leave those f-bombs, s-holes, and other FCC no-nos out of your text.Instead, you might want to adopt a common comic-book convention and …