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

Richmond Mathewson richmondmathewson at
Tue Jul 4 13:01:39 EDT 2017

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 

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"


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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