The at-sign, @, is not a modern invention. It has been..

The at-sign, @, is not a modern invention. It has been found on documents as old as 1345. Today, it is referred differently around the world. In Italy, it is called  chiocciola (snail) while the Germans call it Klammeraffe (spidermonkey). In Spanish it’s Arroba (the word has its origin in Arabic, the term defined the load that a donkey or mule could carry). Some call it Miukumauku in Finnish (basically cat noises, meow-meow). In Russian, it is generally referred to as Sobaka – dog. In Slovakia and Czech republic it’s Zavinac (Herring). In Poland, people call it Malpa (Monkey).

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