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Subject:Re: Technical name for the #? From:Eric Witty <ewitty -at- TSSC -dot- CO -dot- NZ> Date:Wed, 2 Dec 1998 13:32:11 -0800
"Octothorpe" I think this is an incorrectly contrived name. I cannot find
any reference to it anywhere.
To use Latin "octopunctum" (punctum point) may be better. I still prefer hash.
thorpe or thorp = Village, not points!
thorp n. (also thorpe) archaic a village or hamlet.
Now usually only in place-names.
OE thorp, throp, f. Gmc
Etymology: Middle English, from Old English, perhaps from Old Norse; akin to
Old High German dorf village, Latin trabs beam, roof
Date: before 12th century
archaic : VILLAGE, HAMLET
Main Entry: Thorpe
James Francis 1888-1953 Jim Thorpe American athlete; won decathlon and
pentathlon in 1912 Olympic Games; also played professional baseball and
football; one of the greatest all-around athletes in sports history