HOT BLAST: Where it's @
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John Brownlee examines the history of the @ symbol, which stretches back to the 16th century. The writer calls it "our avatar: a logogram of power that, once inscribed, represents our identity in an entirely digital world."

Here's a fun fact: "In Danish, the symbol is known as an 'elephant’s trunk a'; the French call it an escargot. It’s a streudel in German, a monkey’s tail in Dutch, and a rose in Istanbul. In Italian, it’s named after a huge amphora of wine, a liquid some Italian bookkeepers have been known to show a fondness for."

(Hat tip: Andrew Sullivan.)

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