Hash marks revisited

Subject: Hash marks revisited
From: DAVID IBBETSON <ibbetson -at- IDIRECT -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 16 Aug 1996 20:58:04 -0400

Mike Sechelski writes:
> I wouldn't call it "octothorp"; no one would know what you were
> talking about.

> A hash mark?...naaaw.

> I'm afraid I'd resort to pound sign, although I don't really like
> it either.

Where's your audience? In countries that use the pound as a unit of money
the phrase "pound sign" means the fancy capital L that is used in the same
way as (USians use the dollar sign). In former times a script lower case l
after the amount was used as an alternative to the fancy L before the amount.

Octothorpe is used by the telephone industry. I have seen various
explanations for its name. (Literally "eight villages").

In the UK the hash mark is NOT used to indicate a pound weight. the
abbreviation lb is used. It is placed after the amount. Both the script L
and lb are abbreviations of the Latin word Libra.

David (the idiot who hoped, vainly, that he wouldn't have to discuss
octothorpe again) Ibbetson

David Ibbetson ibbetson -at- idirect -dot- com
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