The Hash character (#) is called by many names:
  • gate
  • sharp
  • cross-hash
  • numeral sign
  • number sign
  • pound sign
  • tic-tac-toe
  • octothorpe
  • "the square key" at one telephone banking company
  • square (on some British Telecom services, e.g. when activating call divert)
  • "iigeta jirushi" Japanese for "the sign of the well", for its resemblance to the Chinese character for water well.
  • "Raute" in German
  • "Gato" in Mexico and some other Spanish-speaking countries ("gato" is the name for tic-tac-toe)
  • "Michi" in Peru (Mich is a common name for a cat, and cat in Spanish is "gato")
  • Dièse in French
  • In Swedish:
    • fyrkant - Non-rounded four-cornered shape
    • brädgård \bræːdgoːɖ\ - Lumber yard, referring to stacked planks
    • staket \stɑːkeːʈ\ - Fence
    • nummertecken - Number sign
    • vedstapel - Wood pile
    • haga - Bending "hage", meaning enclosed pasture, into a verb, making it translate into "making an enclosed pasture" in present tense.
    • grind \grinːd\ - Fence gate

Calling # the pound sign comes from the archaic practice of using a "#" suffix to tag pound weights on bills of lading. Outside of the US, the term pound sign is used to refer to the pound currency.

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Created by: jht2, Last modification: Fri 11 of Aug, 2017 (21:34) by wizbang_fl
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