Characters & Symbols

Would An Octothorp By Any Other Name Still Look As Sweet?

Known by many names over the years, this symbol has gained much notoriety lately because of its use in social networking:

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Yes, the hashtag, A.K.A. pound sign, A.K.A. numeral symbol. Typographers know it as the octothorp. Its name was derived from its use by cartographers as a symbol for village – eight fields around the central square. It also bears some resemblance to the sharp symbol in music – but they are not interchangeable!

So next time you’re tagging your tweet, give some thought to that lowly octothorp!