RE: little lines below

From: Alain LaBont\i (
Date: Fri Nov 13 1998 - 22:24:33 EST

A 08:21 98-11-13 -0800, Hohberger, Clive P. a écrit :
>I've also heard "#" referred to as the "hash mark" in Europe.
>What does that term refer to and how did it arrise?.
>How is the button referred to on telephone systems in
>various countries?

[Alain] :
ITU/T also calls it "octothorpe"... I once looked in my complete edition of
the OED and I never found it. "Thorpe", to which "octo" ("8-") applies,
meant field, or village, if my memory is good, so "8-fields around a
village plaza" (a village surrounded by 8 fields) is my interpretation. (;

Alain LaBonté
Houston, TX

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