----- Original Message -----
From: "Gavin Sinclair" <gsinclair / soyabean.com.au>
To: "ruby-talk ML" <ruby-talk / ruby-lang.org>
Sent: Thursday, October 10, 2002 8:31 PM
Subject: Re: Too Many Underscores?


>
> From: "Kent Dahl" <kentda / stud.ntnu.no>
>
>
> > "Volkmann, Mark" wrote:
> > > What about preceding them with a pound sign?  You could say that the #
> > > represents being "behind bars", "in prison" and "locked away from the
rest
> > > of the world".
> >
> > You know, maybe I'm just European, but when you wrote pound sign, I
> > immediately thought of British (GBP) pounds: ?.
> > I always looked at that sign as a funky L, which could denote "locked
> > away" or "local".
> >
> > Party line: Break the hegemony the US has! Support other monetary
> > symbols for special purposes in computer languages!
> >
> > :-)
>
> I agree, "pound" to me always means that character I can't type, and I
ain'
> even Bri'ish, inni'?  Can anyone explain why some people call "#" "pound"?
To
> me it's "number" or "hash".

I think in some contexts it's an abbreviation
for pound (as in sixteen ounces). Possibly an
Americanism, probably old-fashioned.

Hal