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Subject:Re: What's The Name of *#* From:"Shalanna (Denise) Weeks" <dgweeks -at- SPDMAIL -dot- SPD -dot- DSCCC -dot- COM> Date:Wed, 25 Sep 1996 11:12:29 -0500
On Wed, 25 Sep 1996, Nancy Lynch wrote:
> In my Tech Editing class, we've been given the assignment to find out the
> correct name for the number sign or the pound sign (#). It's *not* called
> the commercial sign anymore, I've been told.
> For those of you who like nitpicky challenges, any ideas?
That's an octothorpe. (really.)
Look it up. I am not making this up. :)
We also call it the tic-tac-toe sign around here ("Mash the 1 key and then
mash the tic-tac-toe sign and it'll ring my bells in my office. . . .")
It kind of looks like a splat, too, but "*" is the splat, unless you're on
a Mac and have a "command" key, which is officially the "splat" or
Anyhow, go amaze them with your knowledge of octothorpes!!