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Where did it come from?
I'm not quite sure where the # sign started getting called a 'pound' sign, but it seem a lot of American's call it that. Why do you do this? Over here in the UK we call it a 'hash'. I'm just a little confused why you would call a charachter after our currency...lol Tongue

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Re: [Andy] Where did it come from? In reply to
A "#" has always been a hash to me.... and a pound has always been an "".

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Re: [fuzzy thoughts] Where did it come from? In reply to
I remember an argument I had with Eliot when he insisted # was a pound sign an I insisted it was Wink
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Re: [Paul] Where did it come from? In reply to
http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/28/26042.html

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Re: [Tho-chan] Where did it come from? In reply to
Laugh
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Re: [Andy] Where did it come from? In reply to
Don't worry, pretty soon we'll be calling it a 'Euro' Tongue
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Re: [ArmyAirForces] Where did it come from? In reply to
There is already another sign for the euro Wink
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Re: [Paul] Where did it come from? In reply to
LOL...thanks for the replys...at least that clears things up a little Tongue (just one of those things you wonder about...lol)

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Re: [Andy] Where did it come from? In reply to
pound as in 16 ounces, not any thing to do with currency.

also referred to as "number sign" as in #3

I think it has to do with the lack of literacy in early America.
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Re: [joematt] Where did it come from? In reply to
I wouldn't really say it was a literacy problem. hehe, the US wouldn't be a closet Republic if the early founders were brain deads.

I write this problem off to the dictionary makers of the US and England.

ie, center vs centre
The US copied England back at that time while later on a dictionary marker (forgot who) decided to go with the fashionable (well at the time it was) French way of centre, while the Yankees stuck with what they had learned from the Brits -- center.

Webster latter solidified many spellings and usages and his conter part in England did the same.

So ... it's 2 dicitonary heads that have screwed us all over. Wink

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Re: [QooQ] Where did it come from? In reply to
Very interesting QooQ.

I was refering to the American rural shorthand, such as sign your name with an X,

or #1-grade A large eggs,

or grade B-2 large eggs.

No wait, eggs can't be too large. Smile

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joematt: Nov 26, 2002, 7:29 AM
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Re: [joematt] Where did it come from? In reply to
I know.

I didn't know # was called a hash until reading this thread. I've called it number sign, pound, sharp before but never hash.

oh well, at least I learned something Smile

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Re: [QooQ] Where did it come from? In reply to
Someone tell me I'm not the only American that calls a # a hash Wink

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Re: [fuzzy thoughts] Where did it come from? In reply to
You are the only normal one if you are.
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Re: [Paul] Where did it come from? In reply to
Normal?
haha, that's so relative Wink

But yeah, you probably are the "only" one.

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