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When to pronounce # for pound, sharp, hash or hashtag? [duplicate]

How to pronounce # in a proper way? Currently, I know it's used to pronounce "pound" in US English, "hash" in British English, "sharp" for C#--a programming language, and number sign to list items. ...
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What do you call this sign: #? [duplicate]

Which of the following to use, especially in the context of programming: hashtag well number pound sign
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Why is the word 'hash' associated with the '#' character? [duplicate]

The '#' symbol has many names, but hash is the one that confuses me. I know the etymology of the word 'hash', but how did it become associated with that character?
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When and how did the word hashtag come about? [duplicate]

What caused the change from calling "#" a pound sign to calling it a hashtag? Why? I know that Twitter had much to do with the coinage, but how and why did it come about?
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Why is “pound” (of weight) abbreviated “lb”?

Answers to Correct usage of lbs. as in "pounds" of weight suggest that "lb" is for "libra" (Latin), but how has this apparent inconsistency between the specific unit of weight "pound" and ...
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Why is the word 'number' abbreviated to 'No.' in UK English and '#' in American English?

Why the disparity? And why use 'No.'? Is it from the French? And the hash or pound sign seems a weird choice too, is there a history or any reason involved?
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What is a thorpe?

# is an octothorpe * is a hexathorpe + a quadrathorpe - a duothorpe but What is a thorpe??? This question came from an argument in comments on stackoverflow that started over an American calling ...
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In the U.S., why is octothorp used to signal an apartment at a particular address?

In the book "Scientific Style and Format: The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers" it says: The octothorp ("8 fields" ) has been used in cartography as a symbol for "village "... . But ...
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How to denote a number if # cannot be used? (What are alternatives to # symbol?) [closed]

I have data file containing titles like Invoice #ZT-123456 June 2017 or Agreement #1_ABCD Foo Services but I need to put these titles into an app where character # is not allowed. (Edit: And ...
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What does repetitive “#s” before “pushy, bossy, polarizing women and men” account for?

New York Times (May 17) reported Arthur Sulzberger Jr., the publisher of The New York Times decided to fire its executive editor, Jill Abramson, under the headline, “Times publisher denies gender ...
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What symbol is called 'hash' in US English? [closed]

In the UK the word hash refers to this symbol: # What symbol does 'hash' refer to in US English? And what word is used to describe the '£' symbol? US British # pound hash £ ? ...