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You say #, I say #, let's call the whole symbol off. [Jan. 28th, 2005|01:07 pm]
Poll #426914 Typographigeekitude


"Number sign"
"No" / "Num"
"Pound sign"
"Are you playing Xs or Os?"

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[User Picture]From: rummy_raccoon
2005-01-28 01:53 pm (UTC)
o.0 what sort of hash?
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[User Picture]From: twopiearr
2005-01-28 01:24 pm (UTC)
Technically "pound", not "pound sign", but...details.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2005-01-28 01:56 pm (UTC)
Depends who you ask. I should've probably left "sign" out of all poll answers, just to simplify things.
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[User Picture]From: happyjenn97
2005-01-28 01:48 pm (UTC)

None of the above?

"Order #12345" = "Order number 12345"

"Enter your password followed by the pound sign" = "xxxxxx#"
Voice mail's about the only time I would ever call it a "pound sign."
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[User Picture]From: vakkotaur
2005-01-28 01:52 pm (UTC)

Re: None of the above?

Then are those of us who really got started into computers on Apple ][ series machines where PR#6 was the standard way of rebooting. PR#6 was pronounced "P R pound 6" every time I heard it.

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[User Picture]From: polrbear
2005-01-28 01:51 pm (UTC)
I have long thought it odd that even though it is most commonly used as a number sign today most people recognize what I mean when I say pound even if they call it something else. I wonder how long it has been since anyone actually used it as a pound sign.

I have always called it pound. I think I caught it from one of my teachers in my early years.
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[User Picture]From: dour
2005-01-28 03:02 pm (UTC)
You can still see it used for pounds at farmer's markets and the like.
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[User Picture]From: redstorm
2005-01-28 02:12 pm (UTC)
It's the hash sign! Hash!
Not the pound ... gee, that got me so confused in the states. When you're currency is the pound, and you weigh people in stone, getting told to press the pound sign on a phone is a task unto itself ....
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[User Picture]From: polrbear
2005-01-28 03:27 pm (UTC)
What is the conversion for stone?
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[User Picture]From: thump
2005-01-28 02:51 pm (UTC)
sans sign
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[User Picture]From: kit_ping
2005-01-28 03:24 pm (UTC)
B # in music!


*wanders away to put away groceries, muttering old bad music jokes under her breath*
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[User Picture]From: griffinwolf
2005-01-28 05:36 pm (UTC)
OOoo, I didn't even think of it in music. Probably because it needs to be superscript there.

Gah, I HATE having the # referred to as 'pound'. Whether in weights or on the phone. Heck, using #'s in reference to the weight 'pound' ranks up there on my geek pet peeves as using pounds to reference something's mass (and a mass and a weight are NOT the same thing).
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[User Picture]From: rubbertexcooper
2005-01-28 06:33 pm (UTC)
I call it the waffle pattern symbol sometimes. I cant tell you how many times Ive broke the phone when a recording says "Please enter such and such number, then hit the pound sign." *WHAM!" "Mommy! The phone got busted again!"

Perhaps Im too literal? o.o *Frolics off to the kitchen with the strangest craving for WAFFLES!*
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[User Picture]From: brutal_deluxe
2005-01-28 09:42 pm (UTC)
£ = pound
# = hash

number <> hash.

but sometimes

hash = number.

And IIRC (I'm not too hot on obsolete, illogical units of measurement) theres 14 pounds in a stone.
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[User Picture]From: brigus
2005-01-29 02:59 pm (UTC)
"Are you playing Xs or Os?"

Don't you mean "Naughts and Crosses"?

I had a girlfriend who was from India who called it that. She also referred to the pound sign as "hash", which I think makes the most sense, but I answered "pound sign" for your poll, since that's what it's always been for me, with "number sign" as a close second.
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