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    press SHARP

    Here in Japan, when we dial 0055, the following message is heard:
    "This is KDDI. Please dial your credit card number, then press SHARP."
    When we dial 0034-111, then:
    "Thank you for using NTT Communications. Please enter your card number,
    then press SHARP."
    'SHARP' is the word I'm curious about, but I'd be very happy if I could have
    the whole sentence of the similar message in other countries.
    Thank you very much.

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    Re: press SHARP

    "Thank you for using BT [national telephone provider, like NTT]. Please enter your card number, then press HASH."

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    Re: press SHARP

    Press 'hash' or press 'pound' but essentially its the # (hex) sign!! or in Chinese 'jing'(well)..

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    Re: press SHARP

    Like F# in music.

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    Re: press SHARP

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    Like F# in music.
    Cecil Sharp was
    the founding father of the folklore revival in England in the early twentieth century
    Cecil Sharp - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    The building that housed his archives was called 'C# House'.

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    Re: press SHARP

    Is that were # gets its name? (Psst. I cannot access Wikipedia in China.)

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    #7

    Re: press SHARP

    Well, it's the sign in Western musical notation that means 'one semi-tone higher' - but is that what you're asking? [I fear I may be in grandmother/egg-sucking territory here!]

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    PS https://www.usingenglish.com/referen...suck+eggs.html
    Last edited by BobK; 27-Mar-2007 at 16:06. Reason: Added last sentence

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    Re: press SHARP

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Well, it's the sign in Western musical notation that means 'one semi-tone higher' - but is that what you're asking? [I fear I may be in grandmother/egg-sucking territory here!]
    Not at all. On the contrary, I'm the one who feels lost. The musical note F# is a mnemonic, which is why I added it in. Why did you add in a mention about Cecil Sharp? Help.

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    #9

    Re: press SHARP

    "Please enter your card number, then press pound."

    In the US, we refer to that as the "pound" key (as the # is often used as an abbreviation for lbs.). When we first got a push-button phone, I also thought of it as a sharp sign (back from my days of piano lessons).

    In the US, # is variously described as the number sign, the pound sign, and a tic-tac-toe.

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    Re: press SHARP

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    Not at all. On the contrary, I'm the one who feels lost. The musical note F# is a mnemonic, which is why I added it in. Why did you add in a mention about Cecil Sharp? Help.
    I think we're both lost - I don't see how F# is relevant (that is, it doesn't remind me of anything-)). I mentioned C# House only because it was another case of the use of the word 'sharp' to refer to that symbol; I'm sure it's not original.

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