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    #1

    What do you call it "@"

    I've just realized I have no idea what we call this sign "@".
    Can you enlighten me?

    One more question:
    How would you read the sign here: my email is xxx @ blabla.com?

    Thanks.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    #2

    Re: What do you call it "@"

    The 'at' sign.

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    #3

    Re: What do you call it "@"

    Hello.
    I've found this.
    (We call that "at mark" in Japanese, by the way.)

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    #4

    Re: What do you call it "@"

    There is an annoying tendency among the pig-ignorant to call it an atpersand (which gets over 40,000 hits on Google). A little learning is a dangerous thing. An "&" is indeed called an ampersand, but this is an abbreviation - with assimilation of the /nd/ to /m/ - of And - per se 'and'. So the analogue would be atpersat.

    But what's wrong with 'at sign'?

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    #5

    Re: What do you call it "@"

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    How would you read the sign here: my email is xxx @ blabla.com?
    I would just say 'at' but not 'at sign', 'at mark' or 'at symbol'.

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    #6

    Re: What do you call it "@"

    When reading an email address, we just say at.

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    #7

    Re: What do you call it "@"

    In French it's called "arobase". Some people are using that word for it in English.

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    #8

    Re: What do you call it "@"

    I've yet to hear that in English. I call it the "at sign" and when reading or reciting an email address, just say "at".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #9

    Re: What do you call it "@"

    I have never heard "arobasee" and would never expect it.

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    #10

    Re: What do you call it "@"

    I am not a teacher.

    Who said anything about arobasee?

    Arobase has been a French word for centuries and comes from the Castilian 'arroba' which is an ancient unit of measure. Its symbol has always been @.

    There is no need for the word in English though, and I don't know why anyone would want to improve on 'at'.

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