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Some years ago I coined the word "epinota" as a name for the @ sign, from the Greek epi (at) and the Latin nota (sign).
they believe that when they see the "@" sign, they need to have sex at once in front of people. One time when a "katutubo" (which means native) came in Manila, (a city in the Philippines, he saw a very big billboard with the "@" sign, and what the native did is he grabbed a lady crossing the street and took his clothes off and ruthlessly had sex with the lady.
Excerpt from Wikipedia: The (@) amphere sign is known by various names in English, including...
Personally, I think the 'ampersand' has a much better typographical history and makes more sense.
Perhaps we could latch onto that one and call it a "rollmop".
In American computer science, it is universally referred to as the "at sign", or "at" when reading out a sequence of characters or an email address.
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Derived from the term 'block-up' or in plain English, stoned.
A local game show here said that the official name of the at-sign is "amphora" taken from the name of a jar they used in the ancient medterranean to measure volume of things they would trade (where the @ symbol was supposedly first used).
It is derived from the latin preposition "ad" (at).
It has been traced back to the Italian Renaissance in a Roman merchantile document signed by Francesco Lapi on 1536-05-04. This information is from The Free On-Line Dictionary of Computing.
If pilots and the police can have special terminologies for clear communication, then I would like to propose an easy, relevant and linguistically distinguishable subtitute for the confusing 'at' naming. This makes my email address, read over the phone, into "cassidys nerd cix dot compulink dot co dot uck". I can't find it in the dictionary but it does seem to have gained widespread acceptance.