Re: # sign

Subject: Re: # sign
From: Suzanne Gerrior <Suzanne -dot- Gerrior -at- SOFTIMAGE -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 30 Sep 1996 09:52:42 -0400

On the contrary, I've always lived in Canada (grew up in Nova Scotia which
probably has closer ties to Britain than a lot of other provinces) and always
referred to # as the pound sign.

Suzanne Gerrior

On Sep 29, 4:59pm, Matt Ion wrote:
> Subject: Re: # sign
> On Fri, 27 Sep 1996 11:41:15 EDT, Karen Molloy wrote:

> >>Hmmmmmmmmm.......... when did people stop calling the # sign the
> >>_pound_ sign?
> >
> >Many people outside the US have *never* called it the "pound" sign. Ask
> >who speaks British English what the pound sign is. What they consider the
> >sign is not the # symbol.

> Agreed, the "pound" sign in Britain is a squirly 'L' denoting currency
> (much like the dollar sign on this side of pond could be considered a
> squirly 'S' ;)

> Actually, calling '#' a pound sign doesn't have as much meaning to
> someone who's grown up in Canada in the last 30 years with the metric
> system, either. "Pound" is what I do to the keyboard when Windows
> crashes and takes down the last two hours' work with it =)

> Your friend and mine,
> Matt
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
> They shoot without shame / In the name of a piece of dirt
> For a change of accent / Or the color of your shirt
> Better the pride that resides / In a Citizen of the World
> Than the pride that divides / When a colorful rag is unfurled
> - Rush, "Territories"
> #include standard_disclaimer.h

>-- End of excerpt from Matt Ion

Suzanne Gerrior

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