Re: Origin of the AT Symbol

Subject: Re: Origin of the AT Symbol
From: Paul Trummel <trummel -at- U -dot- WASHINGTON -dot- EDU>
Date: Mon, 31 Jan 1994 20:27:27 -0800

Chicago Maual of Style: @ = at

Traditionally called a "round at" by copyholders reading aloud to
proofreaders in the printing industry. "Round at" also names the
extraneous sort or type "@" used by compositors in typesetting.
Generally classified as a commercial sign used in monetary
transactions it has now become a discrete sign widely used in the computer

Paul Trummel

Department of Technical Communication
University of Washington

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On Mon, 31 Jan 1994, Ann Amsler wrote:

> If you're talking about the Internet, I think it's safe to say that "at"
> is correct. The Whole Internet User's Guide and Catalog calls it that, and
> in fact, on some computers you actually have to type "at" in Internet
> addresses instead of using the @ sign.
> Ann Amsler
> University of Delaware

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