From: Anto'nio Martins-Tuva'lkin (email@example.com)
Date: Mon Jul 14 2003 - 18:30:07 EDT
On 2003.07.13, 00:19, Michael Everson <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote me
off list, but the I guess this is marginally interesting for all:
> At 21:54 +0100 2003-07-12, Anto'nio Martins-Tuva'lkin wrote:
>> This symbol is called in Portuguese "_cifrão_", and most people don't
>> really know that it is also used for other currencies abroad.
> People don't know that it's used for the US dollar?
Mostely, no, they do not -- or at least they do not notice it as such,
though it is evident from TV and cinema, f.i.
Actually, people do (or did) not saw that symbol as a _escudo_ sign, but
rather as a common symbol for money and related subjects. (Meanwhile,
the correct symbol for this semantics, U+00A4, is/was virtually unknown
A common joke is/was to replace "S" by "$", implying an accusation of
greed or corruption -- the usual targets being the portuguese socialist
and social-democratic parties: P.$. and P.$.D.
And that symbol is always called "_cifrão_", never "_dólar_" OSLT, even
among otherwise anglophile computer geeks.
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