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.
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 ....
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).
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!*
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.