European ‘At’ Sign

At first glance, this map created by europapont.blog.hu looks quite exotic. It actually tells us how Europeans call the @ sign in their language and why. In Dutch, for instance, it is called apestaart, which means “monkey’s tail”. Because it looks like a monkey with his tail curled over him. In Greek, it’s called a little duck and in Russian a dog. In Italian the symbol is known as a chiocciola (snail). In French, it is officially called the arobase. Its origin is the same as that of the Spanish word, which could be derived from the Arabic ar-roub – a pre-metric unit of weight.

 

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