Monday, July 09, 2007

Where Do Our Symbols Come From?

I thought this was the most interesting, but there are also explanations for !, ?, and = as well as some others.

Octothorp (#)
Origin: The odd name for this ancient sign for numbering derives from thorpe, the Old Norse word for a village or farm that is often seen in British placenames. The symbol was originally used in mapmaking, representing a village surrounded by eight fields, so it was named the octothorp.

Originally from Uncle John's Supremely Satisfying Bathroom Reader.

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