How can I pronounce @ symbol: At / At the rate?
Can I use it in a sentence? Please explain with an example.
The "at mark", "at sign", or "at symbol" is its usual name. According to Wikipedia its official name is "commercial at".
It has no function in English sentences.
Many years ago, when email addresses were a rarity (probably 1988 or so), the British newspaper The Guardian asked readers of the technology supplement to answer this question. I think the most popular answer from readers was (not surprisingly) at: however my favourite suggestion, based on the visual appearance of the character, was bellybutton.
I think it's a shame that didn't catch on: doesn't "my email address is john dot smith bellybutton hotmail dot com" have a certain ring to it?
If you would like to mention the symbol by name, ampersat seems to be the most easily recognized among its many names.
UrbanDictionary and GoogleAnswers mention that it is also called the 'amphora'.
protected by tchrist Mar 1 at 19:20
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