Subject: Re: What's up with #'?
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 19 Nov 2002 04:17:47 +0000
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Donald Fisk
| Some of us Rightpondians are a bit tardy in converting to Euros, so not
| only do we have pounds (GBP), but we have pound signs (£) on our
| keyboards.  I assume you know what the currency pound sign looks like.

  It appears that many British English users do not know that #5 is
  pronounced "number 5" and 5# is pronounced "5 pounds", as in lbs, and to
  American English users, # is therefore equally "number sign" and "pound
  sign".  Oxford Reference Online does not even sport "number sign" despite
  the 100 reference works they span.  Neither does The New Oxford American
  Dictionary, but all real American references list both meanings of "pound
  sign" and have a "number sign", too.

Erik Naggum, Oslo, Norway

Act from reason, and failure makes you rethink and study harder.
Act from faith, and failure makes you blame someone and push harder.