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Glyph: @ Name: at Unicode: 0040

Commercial At

2017-11-13 Week 46/2017 posted by RFI

Nobody really knows why the commercial at is called commercial at. It has appeared as a shorthand for both English 'at' and Latin 'ad' but its first documented use was in a religious text that ends with '@men'.

It could also derive from the French 'à', the ibero-arabic 'arroba' (an old measurement unit), or something else entirely. This is probably why it's still so exciting to use it in novel ways.

[INTERN@T. Store front photo: Telepalu, Billig telefonieren, Fax. Big telephone sign.]


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