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Wording and pronunciation of '#'
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Mats Wiman  Identity Verified
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Feb 10, 2010

AFAIK it's pronounced 'hash' in American English.

In Swedish it any of these:

fyrkant [fürkahnt] (square)

brädgård [braidgohrd] ('timberyard', am. 'lumberyard') which what it is used for on Swedish maps

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Svetlana Beloshapkina  Identity Verified
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Pound sign Feb 10, 2010

# in American English is called "the pound sign". Sometimes, in telephone menus you can hear "pound key", as in " press the pound key now".


[Edited at 2010-02-10 09:56 GMT]


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Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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ZA Feb 10, 2010

Mats Wiman wrote:
AFAIK it's pronounced 'hash' in American English.


I'm under the impression that Americans call it a pound. In ZA, if you ask someone to press the "pound" sign they'll probably try to find the GBP currency glyph.

Afrikaans: hekkie (literally gate), huts
ZA English: hash


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Penelope Ausejo  Identity Verified
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In Spain we say Almohadilla (small cushion)

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Susanna Martoni  Identity Verified
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Italy Feb 10, 2010

We call it Cancelletto (small gate).

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Svetlana Beloshapkina  Identity Verified
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Oh, yes, I forgot to tell you that in Russia they call it "решетка" (grid).

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xxxjacana54  Identity Verified
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Uruguay (and Argentina) Feb 10, 2010

I've heard it called "numeral".

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Marie-Hélène Hayles  Identity Verified
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It's hash in UK English Feb 10, 2010

I always thought it was in US English as well (it's not actually used much in the UK anyway, so I assumed we got it from them) - so what do Americans call the actual pound sign £ then?

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Stevi  Identity Verified
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in French Feb 10, 2010

dièse (French)

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Monique van Prehn  Identity Verified
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in Dutch Feb 10, 2010

Hekje (sometimes pronounced as 'hekketje')

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Peggy Maeyer  Identity Verified
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Raute in German Feb 10, 2010

In Germany, we call it "Raute", at least when it refers to the telephone key (Please press the Raute-Taste)

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Melanie Nassar  Identity Verified
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Ladder Feb 10, 2010

Here in Palestine, the Arabic designation is sillam (ladder).


BTW, in America, I know it as the number key, but it's the pound sign (for weight).

[Edited at 2010-02-10 12:11 GMT]

[Edited at 2010-02-10 13:29 GMT]


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Jasna Gonda  Identity Verified
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in Serbia Feb 10, 2010

, we call it 'taraba' (fence)

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nruddy  Identity Verified
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In Mexico... Feb 10, 2010

I think it's called "el signo de número". I doubt anyone would understand almohadilla

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Nevenchi
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in Croatia... Feb 10, 2010

... that sign is called "ljestve" (ladder)

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