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Q: the "@" ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: the "@"
Category: Reference, Education and News
Asked by: legoff-ga
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Posted: 18 May 2004 08:41 PDT
Expires: 17 Jun 2004 08:41 PDT
Question ID: 348208
Please provide information on the origin of the "@" and what is the
explicit term to describe it. I have heard french friends call it
"ambo", but cannot find it in any french or english dictionary.
Subject: Re: the "@"
Answered By: feilong-ga on 18 May 2004 09:26 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi Legoff,

Thanks for your interesting question. The link below will give you the
information you want about the "at" sign. If you are using IE you can
simply press the "Shift" key before clicking on the link so it will
open a new window or right-click on the link and choose "Open in New
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What do you call the @ symbol used in e-mail addresses?

"I have heard french friends call it "ambo", but cannot find it in any
french or english dictionary."

Don't worry, you can find it here:

The At Sign (@) Page
How Do You Say "@" in Any Language?

More information can be found here: - The Free Encyclopedia
Commercial at

If you still want to know more, just click on the last link below for
other references.

Search strategy:

"the at sign"

+ minor search in Howstuffworks and Wikipedia

I hope this helps you. If you have a question, please feel free to
post your clarification and I'll attend to you as soon as possible.


Clarification of Answer by feilong-ga on 18 May 2004 14:19 PDT
This answer for a similar question is also a great source of information:

Symbol definition
legoff-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
I am embarassed that I am so late. I am sorry The answers were perfect

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