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    # what is it in English?

    What is this symbol in English? #

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    Re: # what is it in English?

    The hash sign. In the USA it is sometimes called 'the number sign', but this is confusing for speakers of BE (who use "no" - the more confusing abbreviation of the Latin numero). It may be more confusing, but it's what we're used to; and it would be less confusing if I could make the little o superscript. In the absence of a superscript font, some people use a full-stop (period) to distinguish it from the word 'no'.

    Even more confusing for speakers of BE is another AmE expression 'the pound sign'.

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    Last edited by BobK; 31-Aug-2014 at 15:57. Reason: Added PS

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    Re: # what is it in English?

    I am not a teacher.

    In BrE it's a hash or hash sign. Also known as hashtag on social media. The technical name is the octothorp and it has been the symbol for sharps in music for centuries.

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    #4

    Re: # what is it in English?

    When I contact a commercial entity by phone, it is usually referred to as the "pound" sign.

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    Re: # what is it in English?

    Yes, most confusing for us lot, who have known for ages that the pound sign is

    After my first post, I found this page, which probably says it all.

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    Re: # what is it in English?

    Quote Originally Posted by Roman55 View Post
    ...it has been the symbol for sharps in music for centuries.
    So I thought too, but I've just found that my font of choice for odd characters, Lucida Sans Unicode, distinguishes between # and ♯ .

    PS...though I suppose they could both be called octothorpes, as they're 8-pronged.
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    Re: # what is it in English?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    When I contact a commercial entity by phone, it is usually referred to as the "pound" sign.
    The webpage linked to below says it was used for pounds weight, but in the UK, we used lb for those pounds. Does lb work in AmE too?

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    Re: # what is it in English?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    The webpage linked to below says it was used for pounds weight, but in the UK, we used lb for those pounds. Does lb work in AmE too?
    Yes, and that is the more common abbreviation. You will see "lb" or "lbs" used on packaging. A pound of butter or pasta will be marked "lb."

    The "#" for pound is more common with bulk items and handwritten notes dealing with them. Like if I went to the feed store and bought 50# bags of chicken feed.

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    Re: # what is it in English?

    I had never seen # used for "pound" (money or weight) until I joined this forum even though I am a BrE speaker. I had only seen and used "" and "lb". I call # a "hashtag" and only refer to it when talking about Twitter. It does look like the "sharp" sign in music but as BobK posted, that should look like "♯".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: # what is it in English?

    'I call # a "hashtag" and only refer to it when talking about Twitter.' Whoa there! Some people get really upset about that (I don't ) as a hashtag is a tag that starts with a hash sign, e.g. #sheepFollowThis!

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