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Non Sequitur by Wiley Miller for May 24, 2014

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    g55rumpy  over 7 years ago

    i`m with bert, you silly people

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    paddy  over 7 years ago

    In the USA, it’s called a pound sign. Here’s a real pound sign: £. This is a hash sign: #.

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    Brass Orchid Premium Member over 7 years ago

    He was later chased off by a gang of octothorpists.

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    Zero-Gabriel  over 7 years ago

    And that guy just keeps on walking as Mr. Bert gets a face full of sidewalk… and bloody scratches…

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    Scorpio Premium Member over 7 years ago

    And only Americans call it a Pound Sign

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    pcolli  over 7 years ago

    ….a pound sign: lb.

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    William Reynolds  over 7 years ago

    It’s also called a number sign in the US.

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    Julius Marold Premium Member over 7 years ago

    It’s an anoctothorp (sp?)

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    bagbalm  over 7 years ago

    It’s also a sharp.

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    johnt204  over 7 years ago

    Pound is easier to say than hashtag.

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    Three Steps Over Japan  over 7 years ago

    The above behavior is acceptable only if it’s not a release program.

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    cdward  over 7 years ago

    I always thought it meant someone wanted to play tic-tac-toe.

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    Aaberon  over 7 years ago

    Music, weight, tic-tac-toe: how else is it used around the world and what are it’s other names??

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    OldDoug Premium Member over 7 years ago

    octatherp

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    Pedmar Premium Member over 7 years ago

    Our teachers told us it was called it “cross-hatch”.

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    dadoctah  over 7 years ago

    Has anyone mentioned “Archie’s hair” yet? Would have thought, you know, this being a comics forum and all….

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    nataliekaylaben  over 7 years ago

    tic-tac-toe anyone?

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    tripwire45  over 7 years ago

    Bert is my hero.

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    calvinbird  over 7 years ago

    Octothorpe. http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/octothorpe

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    jack fairbanks  over 7 years ago

    Hilarious! ( How old are you kid? 16? Hell I’ve got restraining orders older than that)!!

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    IQTech61  over 7 years ago

    The symbol was invented in Bell Labs in the US – but as per usual with the Brits who chose a different name for it after it had been invented, it is Americans who are "wrong"about the name.

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    garcoa  over 7 years ago

    I don’t talk about hashtags or hash whatevers when the police are around

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    matzam Premium Member over 7 years ago

    at last a voice of reason ( number sign is proper also)

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    sbchamp  over 7 years ago

    Gotta make up some new symbols

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    dabugger  over 7 years ago

    What? How can we work an answer with popup interruptions? Lets hope no one buys the whatever.

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    T_Lexi  over 7 years ago

    That’ll pound some cents into him, Bert. ; ) #hashtag #octothorp #Archie #Brits #sharp #tic tac toe #funny #LOL

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    sartre  over 7 years ago

    We used to call the # symbol “chicken-scratch” when I started programming back in the 1970s.

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    puddlesplatt  over 7 years ago

    ?

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    crpeters  over 7 years ago

    Hashtag? Pound sign? How about Number sign? The proper name is ‘octothorp.’ Look it up in your Funk & Wagnalls.

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    EighthAt14  over 7 years ago

    Is anyone actually confusing pound signs (or hash marks) with hash tags, which are tags beginning with hash marks? Not saying it’s impossible, but is it actually happening?

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    Varnes  over 7 years ago

    What the @&#%?

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    SClark55 Premium Member over 7 years ago

    I thought it was a number sign, myself.

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    EighthAt14  over 7 years ago

    And what on earth’s wrong with a new name for something?

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    QuiteDragon  over 7 years ago

    It is a very old symbol, with many names. And, as EighthAt14 pointed out, in programming it is a “hash” and is only a “hash tag” when followed by words.

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    woodworker318  over 7 years ago

    Hash marks are what are on the uniform sleeves to denote years of service. Also x’s are used in tick-tac-toe.

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    Vonne Anton  over 7 years ago

    #Bertsabuzzkill*Follow these comments there!

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    magicwalnut Premium Member over 7 years ago

    Ooh! I can relate! I’m teaching an eighty-five year old woman to use her first computer , and the problem is, she doesn’t have the basic vocabulary….words like “open” and “forward” have no meaning to her…

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    magicwalnut Premium Member over 7 years ago

    …and “download” is a total mystery"…

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    jackobannon  over 7 years ago

    Actually, in the 1970s a guy at Bell Labs named Thorpe was involved in the TouchTone development and the pound sign had never been officially named, so he got a copyright on the name “Octothorpe” which made it into official Bell Labs literature for a while. So, both “Pound Sign” and “Hash Tag” are technically incorrect, as they are not the official name.

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    live.the.future  over 7 years ago

    And here I’ve been calling it tic-tac-toe.

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    Can't Sleep  over 7 years ago

    Snag the kid. And then hit him with your pound sign.

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    yimhere  over 7 years ago

    Isn’t the pound sign " lb." ??

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    celeconecca Premium Member over 7 years ago

    always think of it as a symbol for “number.” don’t tweet, so escaped “hashtag.”

    Thanks Chris Maple, that was interesting.

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    Ernest Lemmingway Premium Member over 7 years ago

    It’s called both, depending on the context.

    .Sheeple, pull your eyes away from your little toys, stop texting, and talk! It’s like we’ve gone full circle back to telegraphs!

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    sperry532  over 7 years ago

    It’s known as the number sign, pound, hash, comment sign (programming), or octothorpe (AT&T claims that one around 1964). Hashtag appeared in the 80’s when it was used in IRC.

    Interesting little symbol, isn’t it.

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    neeeurothrush  over 7 years ago

    whippersnappers – young whippersnappers

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    Caddy57  over 7 years ago

    A local radio station , when giving instructions on how to dial in to one of their daily public access shows….offers "POUND * on your * cell phone NOT #HASHSTAG#…….Every generation changes things from the previous generation….not always for the better.

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    VirginiaCityLady  over 7 years ago

    How right he is. We didn’t even get a warning! I caught on, but my husband doesn’t do well with changes.

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    ladykat  over 7 years ago

    I’m Canadian and call it a pound sign.

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    Dtroutma  over 7 years ago

    It’s on keyboards as an abbreviation for a measure of weight, the British pound, financial, is of course also a POUND sign. It’s just easier to say “pound”, than “hash-tag”, and doesn’t make you think of ground meat, potatoes, and onions in a pot.

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    neverenoughgold  over 7 years ago

    I am a proud American, and it will always be a pound sign! There, I got it off my chest! I feel so much better, now.Let’s see, where did I set that Colorado Bulldog? Yumm…

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    spaced man spliff Premium Member over 7 years ago

    I call it a “number” sign.

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    David Cole Premium Member over 7 years ago

    It;s called an octothorpe: http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/octothorpe[:-)]

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    pcolli  over 7 years ago

    The sign means nothing to anyone I know.

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    westny77  over 7 years ago

    Go get a life you old geezer. Man you are ugly

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    Squoop Premium Member over 7 years ago

    After going thru all these comments about the #, I see there is one thing yet to be said – it is ASCII character code 35.

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    drlworthington  over 7 years ago

    The official, technical, name for the character as listed in ASCII charts, is “OCTOTHORP”, meaning Eight Thorps, which are the pieces of roof support that stick out to form the eave. This name would be the same in England as in the US.

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    dlauber Premium Member over 7 years ago

    This discussion is hilariously entertaining. The # is called a pound sign in the USA simply because it has long been the symbol for pounds (as in weight). It’s as funny as people now calling a “period” a “dot.”

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    stevek Premium Member over 7 years ago

    Perfect.

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    connie  over 7 years ago

    It’s a sharp sign, said the piano teacher, to the math student who thought it meant “number”.

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    Meh~tdology, fka Pepelaputr   over 7 years ago

    #OUCH!

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    Scorchwave  over 7 years ago

    love the trap.

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    Don Duckworth Premium Member over 7 years ago

    Why not go all the way and rebel against push-button phones?

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    paulsub63  over 7 years ago

    It really is called an octothorpe.

    http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/octothorpe

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    paulsub63  over 7 years ago

    It really is called an octothorpe.

    http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/octothorpe

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    paulsub63  over 7 years ago

    It really is called an octothorpe.

    http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/octothorpe

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    LOWRIDER84  over 7 years ago

    And the twitter usage was originally a “hatch-tag”, you know, as in “cross-hatch”.The little illiterate boobs who use twitter had no clue what “hatch” meant, so they thought people were saying “hash”, as if that makes ANY sense at all.

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    Len W. Premium Member over 7 years ago

    Of course, it’s not a pound sign either (£ is a pound)… it’s normally a ‘number sign’, but for music fans it’s a ‘sharp’

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