Why "pound" sign

Subject: Why "pound" sign
From: Mark Levinson <mark -at- SD -dot- CO -dot- IL>
Date: Thu, 11 May 1995 10:11:27 IDT

on the British keyboard, the <shift-3> character is the "=A3" (British
sterling pound). On our US-layout keyboards, the same <shift-3>
is the "#" symbol

** True, but last time this came up (techwr-l list? copyediting-l list?)
someone pointed out additionally that "#" is used occasionally even in
America to mean pounds... for example in specifying weights for paper.
mark -at- sd -dot- co -dot- il


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