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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
Fiat justitia et pereat mundus (Let justice be done, though the world
perish) -- Motto of Ferdinand I (1503-64), Holy Roman Emperor from 1558
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