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Coyote
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Message 286 of 341 (660687)
04-28-2012 11:41 AM
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04-28-2012 11:01 AM


Re: Usage of affect vs. effect
Easy way to remember: You affect an effect.
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Message 287 of 341 (660689)
04-28-2012 12:04 PM
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04-28-2012 11:41 AM


Re: Usage of affect vs. effect
Coyote writes:

Easy way to remember: You affect an effect.


Which is kinda how I used to remember, until I just looked it up and there are noun and verb versions of both words.
Theoretically, you can:
Affect an effect
Effect an affect
Affect an affect
Effect an effect

Why does English have to be so crazy!


Tradition and heritage are all dead people's baggage. Stop carrying it!

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Message 288 of 341 (660693)
04-28-2012 12:36 PM


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Message 289 of 341 (661103)
05-02-2012 7:27 AM


The Pound Sign
In two different threads recently I've seen English people talking about money and, instead of using the pound sign '£'; they use this funny Polish letter: ''. Does the board mess this up automatically, or is this some new symbol everyone's using these days for a hypothetical currency?

ABE: Well, that answers my question about the board's software. So what's with the s?

Edited by caffeine, : No reason given.

Edited by caffeine, : Edit2: accidental redundant word


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Message 290 of 341 (661113)
05-02-2012 9:50 AM
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05-02-2012 7:27 AM


Re: The Pound Sign
I was able to find "£" and ""

Many Americans will take "pound sign" to mean "#".


Jesus was a liberal hippie

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Message 291 of 341 (661115)
05-02-2012 10:04 AM
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05-02-2012 9:50 AM


Re: The Pound Sign
Many Americans will take "pound sign" to mean "#".

That would be a hash.

I've heard this called a pound sign plenty of times by Americans though, which raises another quick question! Where does that terminology come from?


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Message 292 of 341 (661116)
05-02-2012 10:09 AM
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05-02-2012 10:04 AM


Re: The Pound Sign
I've heard this called a pound sign plenty of times by Americans though, which raises another quick question! Where does that terminology come from?

I have no idea. But then I grew up in Australia, where "pound sign" meant the symbol you were looking for.

Jesus was a liberal hippie

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Message 293 of 341 (661117)
05-02-2012 10:25 AM
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05-02-2012 10:04 AM


Re: The Pound Sign
In the US "#" indicates a unit of weight, the pound. Wikipedia describes the origin of the symbol here. I don't think it sees much use in this way anymore, though if you were to fill in your weight on a form as "140#" most here in the US would know what you mean.

--Percy


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Message 294 of 341 (661118)
05-02-2012 10:37 AM
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05-02-2012 10:25 AM


Re: The Pound Sign
I seem to recall it being used in carpentry to designate nail size, though the term used was "penny", I might guess referring to the nail's pennyweight. For example, 8-penny nails were often used, but 16-penny nails are what you would use when framing a wall.
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Message 295 of 341 (661123)
05-02-2012 12:11 PM
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05-02-2012 7:27 AM


Re: The Pound Sign
In two different threads recently I've seen English people talking about money and, instead of using the pound sign ''; they use this funny Polish letter: ''.

I'm not seeing the difference


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Message 296 of 341 (661126)
05-02-2012 12:45 PM
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05-02-2012 12:11 PM


Re: The Pound Sign
I'm not seeing the difference

I'm guessing it depends how your browser is set up to display HTML entity #163

To me, it displays the libra symbol (the British monetary symbol, the stylized 'L') but I'm guessing others will see the Hash symbol. It displays what it thinks the 'pound sign' means to you. '#' {hash} is the pound sign for some, for others it is '' {Libra}


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Message 297 of 341 (661137)
05-02-2012 2:00 PM
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05-02-2012 12:45 PM


Re: The Pound Sign
I'm guessing it depends how your browser is set up to display HTML entity #163

To me, it displays the libra symbol (the British monetary symbol, the stylized 'L') but I'm guessing others will see the Hash symbol. It displays what it thinks the 'pound sign' means to you. '#' {hash} is the pound sign for some, for others it is '' {Libra}

I just see two libras in the part i quoted:

quote:
instead of using the pound sign ''; they use this funny Polish letter: ''.

I don't see any hash tags. When he refers to "the pound sign" is he supposedly referring to one of these things: #

Or one of these:


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Message 298 of 341 (661138)
05-02-2012 2:11 PM
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05-02-2012 2:00 PM


Re: The Pound Sign
I just see two libras in the part i quoted

Same here.

quote:
instead of using the pound sign ''; they use this funny Polish letter: ''.

If you 'peek' you will see caffeine used HTML entity #163. Clearly, for you and I, that gets interpreted as '', the libra.

When he refers to "the pound sign" is he supposedly referring to one of these things: #

Yes, some cultures call '#' the 'pound sign', and to reflect this the HTML entity for 'pound sign' is displayed as '#'. To us the 'pound sign' entity is displayed the libra.

Maybe, for caffeine, the 'pound sign' is displayed as a 'funny Polish letter'.


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Message 299 of 341 (661140)
05-02-2012 2:31 PM
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05-02-2012 2:11 PM


Re: The Pound Sign
Ooohhh...

He was expecting the hash tag but saw the libra.

When he said he "the pound sign", I thought he was referring to the libra.


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Message 300 of 341 (661142)
05-02-2012 3:21 PM
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05-02-2012 10:25 AM


Re: The Pound Sign
Here in the oil-field chemical bidness, # is the most common symbol for pounds avoirdupois. But I don't see it much outside that area.
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