Then there are the younger users that know "#" only as "hash-tag" and
not "pound-sign". Yes many of the "standard" characters have different
names depending on the languages used.
In the UK, "#" is more commonly known as "hash" or "number sign".
For us, "pound sign" usually means "£" ;o)
Windows Vista's character map (and probably Windows 7's as well?)
displays the name of the selected character (and can search for
characters by name). It calls # "Number Sign" and £ "Pound Sign". I
think those are the "official" names defined by Unicode.
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