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What do Americans call this sign? #
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On Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 1:22:44 PM UTC-5, Mr Macaw wrote:

number or pound sign depending on use...
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On 3/13/2016 2:29 PM, bob_villain wrote:

also hash tag for the Twitterverse
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On 3/13/2016 11:31 AM, Frank wrote:

octothorpe
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On Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 1:31:30 PM UTC-5, Frank wrote:

Sorry...thought he wanted to know about the real world.
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On 3/13/2016 2:35 PM, bob_villain wrote:

We might live in the real world but may be a minority today.
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I just tried searching by # on facebook, and I guess it could be useful. But I don't see why there has to be a hash. Google can search the internet without search terms having to have a # on them. This seems a backwards step. I certainly can't be bothered selecting words that I feel are important every time I post to Facebook.
As for Twitter, that reminds me of using DOS. Where is the interface? It's just unconnected sentences from people with no threading or anything.
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On 3/13/2016 1:55 PM, Mr Macaw wrote:

You did ask "What do *Americans* call this sign? #"
As far as I know,just like bob_villain said, we mostly call it either a pound sign or number sign in general use. Although, twitter uses the sign for their own purposes, I suppose that's become common place, too.
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Pound sign is just wrong. It would be like me calling it a dollar sign. A dollar is clearly $ as it's used for currency.
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On 3/13/2016 2:48 PM, Mr Macaw wrote:

An American #(pound) sign is for measuring weight of things, but a British pound sign is for measuring money. They both can represent "pound".
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lb
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On 3/13/2016 3:45 PM, Mr Macaw wrote:

lb is one way we abbreviate pound, but # is a symbol we also use for pound.
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You are one arrogant asshole. You asked what we Americans called it and when we answered you told us we are wrong. You sound a lot like our hubris asshole-in-chief in D.C.
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I read a website that called it pound and wanted to know if Americans were really that ignorant. It appears the answer is yes.
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On 3/13/2016 2:31 PM, Frank wrote:

I read some where it's called octothorpe.
In my youth, it was tic tac toe board.
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Something to do with a village?

Nought and crosses.
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It's a hash, or if you insist, number or octothorpe. It most definitely isn't a pound sign. That's a . I should know, it's our unit of currency! We never buy something for #3.25!
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wrote:

It's a hash, or if you insist, number or octothorpe. It most definitely isn't a pound sign. That's a ?. I should know, it's our unit of currency! We never buy something for #3.25!
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rrency!

Oh that kind of pound, I forgot you still used old weights and measures. The correct symbol for that is "lb". 25# suggests the number of potatoes in the sack.
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"On 3/13/16 2:40 PM, Mr Macaw wrote:

You asked "What do *Americans* call this sign? #" Americans in the former colonies do use # to indicate "pounds" for weight, as in pounds and ounces.
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