Just Call It The "At Symbol"

Just Call It The "At Symbol"

The "at symbol" (@) does not have a specific word in English. Although writers have made suggestions, none stuck. Though the symbol dates back to 1536, it was brought out of obscurity in 1971 when computer scientist Ray Tomlinson, the inventor of email, decided to use @ in email addresses.


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