Useful Fact You Don’t Know

4 comments March 15th, 2007at 05:42pm Posted by Eli

The pound symbol (#) is also known as the octothorpe.

No point here – I just like saying “octothorpe.”

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  • 1. PoliShifter  |  March 15th, 2007 at 10:18 pm

    Octothorpe, Octo – 8 there are 8 points, thorpe, old english for hamlet or village.

    So I suppose that octothorpe could refer to an 8 pointed village in the sense that when you look at the # sign you see the 8 points with the square in the middle representing the thorpe…

  • 2. Eli  |  March 15th, 2007 at 10:41 pm

    According to the Wiktionary, it was just coined by a Jim Thorpe fan…

  • 3. Interrobang  |  March 16th, 2007 at 2:44 am

    I actually knew that. :) But I know all kinds of weird words, like “boustrophedonically” and “shibboleth.” (Try explaining the English meaning of that one to a Hebrew speaker sometime, just for shits and giggles.)

  • 4. ellroon  |  March 16th, 2007 at 8:09 pm

    I found the lovely word embranglement when cruising through the dictionary once. Still waiting to use it….


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