[svlug] pound bang splat
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Thu Jan 4 20:01:01 PST 2001
On Thu, Jan 04, 2001 at 03:58:22PM -0800, Rick Moen wrote:
> begin Dan Beimborn quotation:
> > # = "pound"
> Not if you aspire to communicate with the rest of the English-speaking
> world. The term "pound" already refers to a currency symbol.
> "Hash" lacks that problem, and is what I use.
of course the reason that we call the # sign pound is because on older
keyboards that symbol was on the same key as the # sign.
(i am starting to feel old now)
> "Octothorpe" was the winner of a naming competition for the "hash"
> symbol, in William Safire's language column a number of years ago.
> That has resulted in the term achieving its current, approximately zero
> percent mindshare, and still rising.
> Cheers, "It ain't so much the things we don't know that get us
> Rick Moen in trouble. It's the things we know that ain't so."
> rick at linuxmafia.com -- Artemus Ward (1834-67), U.S. journalist
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