Thursday, August 13, 2015

 

Friday Fragments


Tim Burke has a characteristically thoughtful piece about Phyllis Wise, UIUC, and expectations of administrators generally.  Well worth the read.

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The Girl was trying to set up voicemail on her phone.  She was flummoxed by the prompt asking her to press the pound sign.

TG: What’s a pound sign?

Me; The tic-tac-toe board.

TG: (blank stare)

Me: The hashtag.

TG: (brightly) Oh!

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The Mother-in-Law is a lovely woman, but very traditional.  She, The Girl, and I had a conversation last week:

MIL: It’s nice that the President gave you some time to move.

Me; Yes, she’s been very supportive.

MIL: She?  So you have a lady president?

(Turning to TG) Me: Yes, women can be college presidents.

TG: Dad, women can be REAL presidents!

My work here is done.   

Comments:
The symbol is called Hash outside the US for far longer than Twitter, & always has been AFAIK. Aren't pounds usually abbreviated 'lb' (originated from Libra)?
 
From a vague memory - the pound symbol (£) for the English currency used to be on typewriters in English/English speaking countries but the hash was on that key on typewriters in American/English speaking countries and in the latter the names for the hash and pound got mixed up in general usage.

After doing a quick search on the web this page talks about it
http://www.copypress.com/blog/the-hashtag-a-history-deeper-than-twitter/
 
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