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At 09:02 18/11/2013 -0600, Anne Noname wrote:
Who doesn't know the word ampersand ...

This is a rather silly question: you can't expect me to name names! But - as I said before - the answer is "many people". Just ask around ...

who now days doesn't know the at-sign ...

You have made my point perfectly: because you don't know the name of the symbol itself, you have to identify it by its function and call it the "at sign". That's just like the people who don't know the word "ampersand" calling that symbol the "and sign".

and the tilde is one of the marks, in the Romance languages, placed over some of their letters to distinguish meanings ...

Indeed. And that's basically my point: the character "~" on my keyboard is mid-height and would not be "placed over" anything (even a lower-case letter). So it must be something else.

Brian Barker

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