Help with this symbol please....

  vimto 16:26 03 Sep 07

For the life of me I can`t remember the name of this symbol `@` can anyone help please ?

  lisa02 16:32 03 Sep 07

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  Forum Editor 16:46 03 Sep 07

the @ sign is probably the best-known symbol on the planet, and that's not bad for something that doesn't really have a proper name.

  interzone55 16:59 03 Sep 07

The proper name for this symbol is "Commercial At" although it is usually called "at", as in

4 widgets @ £2 ea = £8

or me @

  Lionheart? 17:01 03 Sep 07

Some quirky names for the @ symbol include:

Apenstaartje Dutch for "monkey's tail"
Snabel - Danish for "elephant's trunk"
Kissanhnta - Finnish for "cat's tail"
Klammeraffe - German for "hanging monkey"
Papaki - Greek for "little duck"
Kukac - Hungarian for "worm"
Dalphaengi - Korean for "snail"
Grisehale - Norwegian for "pig's tail"
Sobachka - Russian for "little dog"

  Earthsea 17:13 03 Sep 07

So Koreans use electronic snail mail?

  Lionheart? 17:29 03 Sep 07


Well spotted.

  Cymro. 17:50 03 Sep 07

A friend in the printing industry calls it a "round and" but I don`t know if this is a general term, or only used in the printing trade.

  pj123 18:06 03 Sep 07

When I was teaching I had a lady who always called it "as at"

  Forum Editor 18:24 03 Sep 07

but the truth is it doesn't have an 'official' name at all.

'Commercial at' or 'The at symbol' are the closest you'll get, but even those aren't universally recognised.

  Pesala 19:01 03 Sep 07

Commercial At is its official name in the Unicode standard.

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