From: Martin Green (email@example.com)
Date: Wed Mar 30 2005 - 06:57:54 CST
As a regular listener but not contributor to this list it always amuses
me when items talk of "English-speaking". The names I have heard used
for the symbol (#) are: hash and chicken-scratch (think about it) but
only heard of "pound" when I finally went over to the States. Talking to
other IT users in the UK "pound" is always the symbol (£) and this
applies to most of our telephone systems. Very occasionally I do run
into a telephone system which uses the term "pound key" but almost
always these are systems calling (very) large American companies.
> Doug Ewell wrote:
>> I would add that in English... OK, in Southern California... "pound
>> sign" seems to be the most common name of the character even among
>> people who have never used it to mean "pounds," and might be totally
>> confused if they ever saw a package with "30#" written on it.
> Also in New Jersey. And all the (English-speaking) phone systems I've
> ever used refer to it as the "pound sign".
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