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.


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!


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.   

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
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