The accidental history of the @ symbol


From Smithsonian Magazine:

Called the “snail” by Italians and the “monkey tail” by the Dutch, @ is the sine qua non of electronic communication, thanks to e-mail addresses and Twitter handles…The origin of the symbol itself, one of the most graceful characters on the keyboard, is something of a mystery. One theory is that medieval monks…


A fun read…the once useless symbol becomes the hero of the digital generation!



// Image: a screenshot of the Wikipedia page for @

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