Comments: The Octothorp
Really, because I was raised calling it the "pound sign".
Posted by Casca at May 27, 2012 11:53 AM
Thanks again; you are a true fonte moderne
Posted by OhioDude at May 27, 2012 1:46 PM
Sadly, I seem to have heard that the Octothorp is flat broke and signed a contract to perform in porn videos. Shouldn't have had all those other little baby superscripts and subscripts if it couldn't afford to take care of them.
Or was I thinking of Nadya Suleman?...
Posted by Mike James at May 27, 2012 2:17 PM
Casca, that's what had me confused. The Octomom is a sort of "pound sign", if you think about it.
Posted by Mike James at May 27, 2012 2:19 PM
There's that generational thing again. I grew up believing that "#" meant "number", as in #10 can, etc.
I still can't figure out the relationship between "#" and "pound", although I use it like everybody else.
Posted by Rob De Witt at May 28, 2012 10:24 AM
Motherfuckers have been changing the rules on us when we weren't looking.
Posted by Casca at May 28, 2012 4:53 PM
I learned that from the same source that taught me that the plastic-stiffened end of a shoelace was called an "aiglet" -- which confoosed the hell outta me, cuz naow Ah don't know whut ta call a baby aigle...
Posted by BillT at May 31, 2012 1:01 AM