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Subject:Re: Octothorp From:Chuck Melikian <chuckm -at- MDHOST -dot- CSE -dot- TEK -dot- COM> Date:Thu, 15 Aug 1996 10:57:46 -0700
The following definition is from Merriam-Webster's Collegiate, 10th edition.
You'll have to guess what the pronunciation symbols really look like :-)
octothorp \ak-te-,thorp, -to-\ n [octo- + thorp, of unknown origin; fr.
the eight points on its circumference] (1971) : the symbol #
Thus, it appears octothorp has only been around about 25 years. And
the lexicographers haven't been able to trace the origin of the word.
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