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@ (REDUX). I posted here about the words that various languages use for @, as reported in letters to the London Review of Books. A letter from Stephen Richards in the October 8 issue adds the information that the German word for @ can be translated as “spider monkey” but says that “as the language becomes lamentably more anglicised, many Germans simply say ‘at.'” Another letter reports that @ was used by the MI5 during World War II as shorthand for “alias”, “as in ‘Smith@Jones’.”

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