Sharp as a pound (was Array assignment...)

Richmond Mathewson richmondmathewson at gmail.com
Tue Jul 4 19:03:01 CEST 2017


Sorry: "troy" weight is spelt "troy" (rather in the way "spelt" is spelt 
"spelt").

R.

On 7/4/17 8:01 pm, Richmond Mathewson wrote:
> Well . . . as the name "octothorpe" was coined by American telephone 
> engineers as recently as 1968
> that seems extremely dubious . . . and quite where either the "octo" 
> (=8) or the "thorpe" (='viilage', c.f Doorp, Dorf) get
> there is a really odd question.
>
> (part of this maybe because everything has been, ultimately, invented 
> in Scotland)
>
> It certainly should NOT be called a 'pound' sign, as that is either a 
> '£' (as derived from Librum) or 'lb' (as in either avoir dupois weight
> or try weight.
>
> It should ONLY be called a 'sharp' sign in the context of musical 
> notation (so the programming language 'C#' . . .).
>
> 'Number sign' doesn't sit nicely either as that brings it up against '№'.
>
> Why don't we all AGREE to call it the 'headache' sign?
>
> a.k.a. "cross-patch"
>
> Richmond.
>
> On 7/4/17 7:44 pm, Mark Wieder via use-livecode wrote:
>> On 07/04/2017 12:28 AM, Mark Waddingham via use-livecode wrote:
>>> 'Sharp' because it is used in music to denote sharpening of the base 
>>> note (despite my musical background, I still see it as 'hash' in my 
>>> mind when I see it though).
>>
>> '#' is, was, and should be and octothorpe.
>>
>



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