Re: Octothorp

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.

Chuck Melikian
MBD Customer Documentation
Tektronix, Inc.

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