Thus, for this simple and arbitrary decision, people from many countries started to call @ "arroba".
In Jamaica it's known as the block, the swirl depicting the feeling of nausia and dizziness having spent far too much time passing the rizla and herb.
In a far province somewhere in the Philippines, it is a symbol of sexual desire from their ancestors.
they believe that when they see the "@" sign, they need to have sex at once in front of people. One time when a "katutubo" (which means native) came in Manila, (a city in the Philippines, he saw a very big billboard with the "@" sign, and what the native did is he grabbed a lady crossing the street and took his clothes off and ruthlessly had sex with the lady.
Some years ago I coined the word "epinota" as a name for the @ sign, from the Greek epi (at) and the Latin nota (sign).
Yes, I know that's mixing two root languages, but then we drive around in automobiles and not ipsomobiles.
If pilots and the police can have special terminologies for clear communication, then I would like to propose an easy, relevant and linguistically distinguishable subtitute for the confusing 'at' naming. This makes my email address, read over the phone, into "cassidys nerd cix dot compulink dot co dot uck". I can't find it in the dictionary but it does seem to have gained widespread acceptance.
I've always understood that @ originally meant "account" and was regularly used in banking. Quite an achievement in a country where hardly anyone knows (or cares about) the word for "ampersand".
Well in Greece we refer to it by the name..papaki(pa-pa-kee) which means little duck although snail,vortex,worm are better matches for the symbol in my opinion... it means *AT* and st *AREA* =D We use that symbol for our address on the net, don't we?
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There's an awful lot of opinion on this subject floating about, but nobody seems to be citing any references.
The best I can find anywhere online is at Wikipedia (but it's Wikipedia so take it with a pinch of salt! According to whoever wrote the article, it's formal name is "commercial at". Common names: at sign, strudel, rare, each, vortex, whorl, intercal, whirlpool, cyclone, snail, ape, cat, rose, cabbage, amphora. Ray Tomlinson was designing the first email program.