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Names for the @ symbol from around the world

Raymond Tomlinson is the man who invented e-mail. Tomlinson introduced the @ symbol into our electronic communications. Every time you give someone or something your e-mail address, you are using his invention.

Tomlinson didn’t invent the @: That honor lies somewhere long before he was born. It’s unclear still how the circle found its way around the a, but during the Renaissance the symbol slowly crept into texts as a way to denote how much something cost per unit. So you might see something like: “10 loaves of bread @ 25 pence each.” For hundreds of years, the symbol was mostly used by merchants, and nobody else. Fast forward to 1971, and Tomlinson borrowed the symbol to mean “located at” in an e-mail address. And that’s how we mainly use the symbol today.

If you’re from the United States, you probably know the @ as the “at” symbol. But in other parts of the world, that’s not always how they refer to the little squiggly a. Here are some of the other ways of referring to our friendly e-mail address signifier.

1. ITALIANS SEE A TINY SNAIL.

The Italians call the symbol a chiocciola or a “snail,” to describe its spiral shape.

2. HUNGARIANS SEE A SLIMIER ANIMAL: A WORM.

In Hungarian, the @ is likened to a wiggly earth-eater and called a kukac, which means “little worm” or “maggot.”

3. ARMENIANS THINK THE @ IS A CUTE LITTLE DOG.

They call the @ ishnik or “puppy.”

4. GERMANS HAVE A SPECIFIC MONKEY IN MIND FOR THE @.

German slang call the symbol klammeraffe or “spider monkey,” which is delightfully specific in the way you expect from Germans.

5. THE DUTCH ALSO SEE A MONKEY, BUT A LESS SPECIFIC ONE.

The Dutch have a similar nickname as the Germans: They call it an apestaart or “monkey’s tail.” No specific species this time.

6. IN DANISH YOU GET TWO ANIMALS TO CHOOSE FROM.

In Danish, the @ gets two names, both animal in origin. Sometimes, it’s a grisehale or “pig’s tail.” But most of the time it’s a snabel or “elephant’s trunk.” 

7. THE TAIWANESE SEE A MOUSE.

In Taiwanese the @ symbol is called “little mouse.”

8. ISRAELIS HAVE FOOD ON THE BRAIN WHEN IT COMES TO THE @.

To Israelis, the @ is often called a “strudel,” as in the delicious layered pastry.

9. IN CZECH AND SLOVAK THE @ ALSO POINTS TO FOOD.

In Czech and Slovak, the @ symbol is called a zavináč or rollmops. For those uninitiated, a rollmop is a fillet of pickled herring, rolled up around a savory filling, often olives or pimentos.

10. IN SWEDISH IT’S ALL ABOUT THE SWEET BUNS.

Swedish has a few names for the @, but one of them is kanelbulle or “cinnamon bun.”

11. THE CHINESE SEE THE @ AS FANCY.

The Chinese have a couple of different ways of referring to @ but one of them is “flowery A.”

12. IN SERBIAN THE @ IS WILD.

In Serbian, the @ has gotten out of hand, and is called “crazy A.”

13. VIETNAM HAS TWO NAMES FOR THE @, BENT AND HOOKED.

The Vietnamese have different names for the @ in the northern and southern bits of the country. In the North @ is A còng or “bent A,” and in the south the @ is A móc or “hooked A.”

14. IN RUSSIAN IT’S ALSO CALLED AN ANIMAL

“Doggie” or “little doggie” – “szobáká” or “szobácská”.

Which one is your favourite?

 source: mentalfloss

Can you match the countries and the different names for ‘at’?

1. Italy

a. spider monkey

2. Hungary

b. pig’s tail, elephant’s trunk

3. Armenia

c. cinnamon bun

4. Germany

d. crazy A

5. The Netherlands

e. doggie, little doggie

6. Denmark

f. little mouse

7. Taiwan

g. monkey’s tail

8. Israel

h. snail

9. The Czech Republic and Slovakia

i. puppy

10. Sweden

j. bent A or hooked A

11. China

k. rollmops

12. Serbia

l. flowery A

13. Vietnam

m. strudel

14. Russia

n. worm

Key:

1. h.

2. n.

3. i.

4. a.

5. g.

6. b.

7. f.

8. m.

9. k.

10. c.

11. l.

12. d.

13. j.

14. e. 

Vocabulary

to invent

feltalálni

honor

dicsőség

to creep into

belopakodni

to denote

utalni valamire, jelezni

merchant

kereskedő

squiggly

tekergő, tekeredő

snail

csiga

worm

kukac

maggot

kukac, féreg

puppy

kiskutya

tail

farok

trunk

ormány

layered

rétegezett

savory

sós

pimento

cseresznyepaprika

cinnamon

fahéj

to get out of hand

elvadulni, elkanászosodni

bent

meggörbült

hooked

görbe, kampós

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