from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The symbol (@) for the word at.

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  • n. the symbol @


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  • Wonderful news about Italian for @, Bilby! See _@', the ascii snail.

    December 2, 2007

  • It Italian it's called chiocciola or schiocciola meaning snail, either due to the shape or abysmal internet speeds in that country.

    December 2, 2007

  • This mark has been revitalized, of course, by IT, so that now it is one of the most essential keys on the keyboard. Despite its rather utilitarian functions in commerce and communications, it is visually rather elegant: @ @ @ @. I was surprised to learn that in Slovene, this mark is named "afna", which is a borrowing from German (Affe) and means originally "monkey". I guess the Slovenes think @ looks like a monkey.

    December 2, 2007