“@”. ASCII code 64. Common names: at sign, at, strudel. Rare: each, vortex, whorl, INTERCAL: whirlpool, cyclone, snail, ape, cat, rose, cabbage, amphora. ITU-T: commercial at.
The @ sign is used in an electronic mail address to separate the local part from the hostname. This dates back to July 1972 when Ray Tomlinson was designing the first[?] e-mail program.
It is ironic that @ has become a trendy mark of Internet awareness since it is a very old symbol, derived from the latin preposition “ad” (at).
Giorgio Stabile, a professor of history in Rome, has traced the symbol back to the Italian Renaissance in a Roman mercantile document signed by Francesco Lapi on 1536-05-04.
In Dutch it is called “apestaartje” (little ape-tail), in German “affenschwanz” (ape tail). The French name is “arobase”. In Spain and Portugal it denotes a weight of about 25 pounds, the weight and the symbol are called “arroba”. Italians call it “chiocciola” (snail).
noun 1. an attaché in an embassy or legation representing the commercial interests of his or her country.
noun 1. a bank specializing in checking accounts and short-term loans. noun 1. a bank primarily engaged in making short-term loans from funds deposited in current accounts
noun 1. a short interruption during radio or television programming for the broadcasting of a commercial or commercials. noun 1. an interruption in a radio or television programme for the broadcasting of advertisements noun a pause in a television or radio broadcast for advertisements
noun 1. a telegraphic code designed to convey a message with a minimum number of words and thereby reduce toll costs.