What Do You Call @?

Unknown This mark originally appeared as far back as the 16th century. If you are an American, chances are you call it the “at sign.” But around the world it has other more descriptive names: In the Netherlands, it’s known as “the monkey’s tail.” Russians call it “the little dog” (I’m still pondering that one ) and Italians refer to it as “the small snail.” Israelis see it as a strudel; both are rolled up, but the @ doesn’t taste nearly as good. It does have fewer calories, though. Go to Bosnia and you’ll find it’s a “Crazy A.” I’m wondering how long it will be until the word “at” disappears and we see this sign take its place. Th@ is not something I’m looking forward to.

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One response to “What Do You Call @?

  1. In Indian English, most people refer to it as “at the rate”.


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