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What means electronic dog ?

A few days ago, speaking by phone with the Japanese, I with horror found out that I cannot dictate the e-mail address. What @ in Russian is called dog and in English at I, of course, knew. But in ten years of studying of Japanese to me the sign @ in Japanese never met, even in the dictionary it is not designated. Having blushed, I dictated the address in English, at the same time the Japanese did not exclaim surprise in any way. Really they have no own name dogs ? After that, of course, I decided to meet lacks and to learn how ours electronic doggie call in other languages.

It was necessary to begin, of course, with studying of history of emergence of this sign.

I addressed For the answer to this question to English - to the Russian encyclopedic dictionary on electronic equipment in which it is specified that the symbol @ is skoropisny option of the English pretext at .

As for, the scientists conducting researches about emergence of this sign, for example, Frenchman Denis Muzerelli assumed that he @ appeared as a result of other inclination in writing when merchants of France and Germany began to write down the " badge; `.

The American scientist Berthold Ullman made the assumption that the sign @ was invented by medieval monks for reduction of the Latin word ad which was often used as the universal word meaning on in in the relation etc.

The Italian expert of history of language Giorgio Steybail found documents of the 15th century in which the symbol @ was used for designation of a measure of volume - an amphora (in a Latina - the Spanish anfora dictionary is translated as arroba - a weight of equal 12,5 kg.)

History of emergence of a sign as a result led me to the conclusion that the symbol @ exists since the 15th century - both in ispano - Arab, and in Greco - Romance languages - as the commercial symbol used for designation of units of measure of goods.

All know that the sign @ is a symbol of e-mail and it is used for division of a user name on behalf of a host. The first this badge was applied by the leading engineer of the BBN Technologies company Ray Tomlinson in 1971. On the keyboard this key designated the English pretext at .

Frankly speaking, I never and anywhere met use of this sign where - nibud yet, except an e-mail address, however on the first model of the mechanical typewriter, the symbol @ was already present.

So, at different people of the world the symbol @ is typed into the computer equally, and written with words and said differently. Besides, its name on a slang differs too, but that is characteristic, most of users see in to a dog animal.

British, Americans, French, Italians call @ snail . Africans, Dutches, Poles, Germans prefer to call it monkey tail . Danes can tell elephant trunk Norwegians pork tail Chinese - little mouse and Hungarians - worm . Russians for some reason call this sign a dog, but the Finns who did not far leave us - a cat.

But not all see only animals. Also among slang names are looked through... delicacies.

For example, Swedes @ call a symbol a roll with cinnamon Israelis - strudel and Czechs herring rolmops .

Here what interesting names people thought up for this symbol which each of us uses daily.

Well, and as for Japanese... They use English attomark and any associations with animals the sign @ does not cause in them.