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How does one pronounce the '@' symbol?

Do you just pronounce it as "at"?

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marked as duplicate by MrHen, F'x, RegDwigнt May 12 '11 at 9:19

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The at sign (@), also called the at symbol or asperand,is formally an abbreviation of the accounting and commercial invoice term "at the rate of".

In recent years its meaning has changed to also mean "at" in the sense of "located at", especially in e-mail addresses. Now it's simply pronounced at.

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I had no idea it existed before the email! –  o0'. Feb 19 '11 at 17:48
The term asperand is extremely dubious! Looking at the Wikipedia article talk page, they’ve had a minor ongoing edit war for several years over whether this name should be included; and no-one there has ever given a reliable source — it almost looks like it’s could be a recent typo which only propagated into semi-official sources because it appeared on Wikipedia. Ampersat, though still dubious, is significantly more widely used. Other than this, good succinct answer — would +1 it if you removed asperand, or at least noted its dubiousness. –  PLL Feb 19 '11 at 18:42
Oh — or of course also if you can give a more reliable source for it than Wikipedia, that would also allay my concerns. :-) –  PLL Feb 19 '11 at 21:42
I've always head it called either "the 'at' sign" or "commercial 'at'", since long before email was common. (I'm an old man.) I never heard the term "asperand" before reading the above post. That certainly doesn't prove it's not a real word -- I'm sure there are many words in English that I don't know, especially technical terms in fields outside my own -- but I don't think it's in common use. Maybe it's a term familiar to linguists. –  Jay Mar 17 at 13:32

Yes. The @ symbol is just another way of writing at.

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Yes - though (before the days of the internet) it was generally used for "at" in the sense of "at a price of ... (each)". –  psmears Feb 19 '11 at 8:16
As in, "4 @ $2" means you are buying or selling 4 for $2 each, total price = $8. –  Jay Mar 17 at 13:34

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