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Even those who do not use e-mail, but it looks solid advertising firms or looks at the output of newspapers and magazines, notice in the e-mail addresses @ symbol, which separates the user name from the name server (domain name of the second order).

In different countries, the icon @ name differently. In Israel — «shtrudl»: sweet roll, one of the traditional Jewish delicacies brought from Europe (??????).

In Russia, this «dog», «frog», «bun», «a commercial», «a turnaround» or simply «in a circle». In Japan — simply «the icon and the». In Bulgaria — «a monkey». In Germany, its literally called the «monkey with a prehensile tail», and the German word Klammeraffe also has a figurative meaning: «a passenger motorcycle, hunched in the back seat behind the driver». In the Netherlands, @ — «a monkey's tail». In Finland — «Cat's tail». France — «ulitochka». In Hungary — «gusenichka» or «worm». In Norway — [kanelbolle] «spirally twisted cinnamon rolls», that is the same «shtrudl».

In anglophone countries, @ has a playful nicknames and read at [at] («y, in, on, on»). Here, Own, and the reason why this icon is part of the e-mail address. Address X @ Y means: mailbox X server company Y.

Why @ is sometimes called in English-speaking countries and in Russia is still «a business»? The point here is one of the values of the preposition at — «on».

This icon is used for brevity in the accounts of traders and price lists: for example, 10 pencils @ 15 pence a dozen eggs @ 8 cents.

What explains such an original form of this icon? This so-called ligature — compound, an alloy of two letters. Moreover, suggest reputable dictionaries, it does not connect the letters a and t, is believed Anglo-Saxons. This alloy is of Latin origin: it is a Latin preposition «ad», meaning roughly the same as English «at» — «to have around when in, on, to». Therefore, most likely, the icon appeared, if not in ancient Rome, then no later Middle Ages, when Latin was the language of international contacts, including commercial.

There is a ligature, and Russian. Reputed linguists, the letter U is a ligature of three letters IOU (i previously had in the Russian alphabet and the sounds as usual and, as a combination of OC passed on the letter sound [y]). The letter u — ligature of W and T.

$ Icon borrowed from the Spaniards and the Americans is a ligature of the first and last letters of the word pesos [Pesos] — plural of peso, the currency number of Spanish-speaking countries (and not a dollar). Found on the signs of firms and shops & icon — ligature of the Latin Union et «and».

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