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June 23, 2016

Saying Goodbye to the Pound Sign (#)

Filed under: Back in the Day — alaboutnothing @ 5:00 pm
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poundsign The Democratic “sit-in” in the Senate Chamber to protest the fact that the Republicans will not pass any gun control laws is over after 20 some hours, and we applaud the participants for stepping up and bringing this issue to the public eye.  We did a Google search using “NRA Payments to Senators” and found several links to the millions of dollars the NRA pays to Senators, mostly Republicans.

So let’s take a few minutes away from this gun control madness and say goodbye to the “Pound Sign” (#).  The symbol is not going away, but the name “Pound Sign” is now referred to as “Hash Tag”.  We did a search and we found that it began being used on Twitter, but did not find why the name changed or who changed it.  So we can only project how the name changed.  Here is what we think:

When the “#” was first used on Twitter it was called the “Pound sign” and someone decided that calling it “Pound” was not a great name so a meeting was called at Twitter to change the name and keep the symbol.  Some of the new names were “Tic-Tac-Toe Sign”, “XO Sign”, “Squares Sign”, “Group Sign”, “Twit Sign”, and so it went on attempting to come up with a new name.  The meeting went through the night and hundreds of names were suggested but noting sounded good.  So they decided to order breakfast and when one of the guys said “Corn Beef and Hash.” Everyone at the table stopped talking and all together said “Hash” and then added “Tag”.  That’s it!  “Hash Tag”!  A vote was taken and the “#” sign will now and forever will be called a “Hash Tag”.

Because we are in the software business and when we want to describe a mask on a numeric variable like a variable A with a million mask of “#,###,##0.00” and we say “Pound Sign – Comma – Pound Sign – Pound Sign – Pound Sign – Comma – Pound Sign – Pound Sign – Zero – Period – Zero – Zero “and now we need to consider saying “Hash Tag Sign – Comma – Hash Tag Sign – Hash Tag Sign  – Hash Tag Sign  – Comma – Hash Tag sign – Hash tag Sign – Zero – Period – Zero – Zero”.  We considered it for about ten seconds and decided to stay with “Pound Sign” so it will still be alive for a few more years.  If it would have been changed to “XO Sign” we probably would have converted, but “Hash Tag” no way.

We have nothing else to add right now except we need to find a hammer so we can “hash tag” (pound) a nail in the wall to hang a picture.

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