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    Default How do english people pronounce the letter "@"?

    Hi everybody, can you tell me how is the letter "@" pronounced?
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    There was recent disussion in a newspaper about this (probably the Times). The accepted names are '"at" sign', or 'commercial "at"', but the suggestion that had the columnist's approval was - on the analogy of "ampersand" - "atpersand". I disagree, but I'm less influential than the columnist.

    The reason for my objection is that 'ampersand' (&) is a contraction of '"and" per se "and"', so that the analogy for "at" should be "atpersat".

    Note: this is a metalinguistic rant on my part; I'd advise people to use 'the "at" sign' - although I fear that "atpersand" may catch on.

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    Default Re: How do english people pronounce the letter "@"?

    I say "at".

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    Default Re: How do english people pronounce the letter "@"?

    I say " at" too

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    Default Re: How do english people pronounce the letter "@"?

    I say "at," too.

    (I wonder how Bob feels about the interrobang? )

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    Default Re: How do english people pronounce the letter "@"?

    I also say 'at', but I have heard atmark, as well as commercial at, used. I put a poll up and the majority so far use 'at':
    http://www.usingenglish.com/poll/286.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I also say 'at', but I have heard atmark, as well as commercial at, used. I put a poll up and the majority so far use 'at':
    http://www.usingenglish.com/poll/286.html
    I don't think I've heard anything but "at" among people talking about e-mail addresses.

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    Default Re: How do english people pronounce the letter "@"?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    I don't think I've heard anything but "at" among people talking about e-mail addresses.

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    Since the invention of e-mail, @ as "at" has been cemented. IMO it will never change.

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    Default Re: How do english people pronounce the letter "@"?

    I agree, but I have heard people use the other forms in discussions about the name of the symbol. I think that is probably their only use nowadays.

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