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How to pronounce @ symbol?

In Spanish, @ is called arroba.

I saw this question, and it says it's called "commercial at" according to Wikipedia. A lot of languages have a single word name for this.

Is there any single word name for @?

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single word? is "at sign" a long phrase? –  Gigili May 10 '11 at 19:59
    
I mean just one word (not that "at sign" is complicated or long). I'm just looking for a formal name. –  Edgar Gonzalez May 10 '11 at 20:01
    
keep on trying then. –  Gigili May 10 '11 at 20:02
    
How was this marked as duplicate? Any logic coming forth? –  Kris May 2 '13 at 15:53
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It's indeed called commercial at, but when reading it in an email address you would just say at.

So for instance:

name@domain.com would be read name at domain dot com

Interestingly, according to Wikipedia, the Spanish name aroba (from which comes the French arrobase) gets its name from a unit of weight equivalent to 25 pounds, for which @ was an abbreviation.

EDIT: so, to answer your question (because apparently I haven't) either you use just at (which is fine pretty much in any context), or you use two words.

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Someone cares to explain the -1? I think I pretty much answered the question... –  nico May 10 '11 at 20:17
    
Just a trivia: in Portuguese we say arroba too. We even say that when reading an email: nome arroba domínio ponto com. –  rberaldo May 10 '11 at 23:08
    
@Bogdan: please reread my answer. I said that although the formal name is commercial at, when reading email addresses you would use just at, which is a single word. –  nico May 11 '11 at 4:34
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@Bodgan: I updated my answer then. Anyway, on what basis would you say at is not formal? I am sure even the Queen would use it when telling someone Her email address. –  nico May 11 '11 at 5:02
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I think, "There is no such word: you have to use a two-word phrase" is a fair answer to the question. If someone asks, "Who is Fred Smith's wife?" and you reply, "He isn't married", I don't think it's fair to accuse you of refusing to answer the question. –  Jay Mar 12 '12 at 18:40
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