@ By Any Other Name

French is such a rich language that it now has, by state decree, two words for “@” — the “at” sign that has become a worldwide symbol for the Internet — but only one official way to pronounce it.

A special commission struggling to defend French against the spread of English in cyberspace has decided that the popular e-mail sign can be named either “arobase” or “arrobe.”

Here’s the article.

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