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    Re: All languages: names of keys and symbols

    Quote Originally Posted by Nanon View Post
    # dièse
    * astérisque / étoile ("étoile" seems to be the most used for telephones)
    - tiret (sometimes called "tiret du 6" by users of French keyboards: the key has - in lower case and 6 in upper case)
    _ souligné (sometimes called "tiret du 8" for similar reasons as above)
    () parenthèses
    [] crochets
    {} accolades
    / barre oblique, slash
    \ barre oblique inversée, anti-slash
    & et, "et commercial", esperluette (the last word is used in typography)
    @ arrobase ("at" is sometimes heard when giving an email address)
    + plus
    = égal
    § paragraphe

    Feel free to add some more if needed.
    If I might add some info :
    _ is also frequently called blanc souligné because it's basically an underlined blank character, or by the english underscore.
    / is also a barre de fraction
    \ being then a barre de fraction inversée too, as well as a backslash.
    & is also written esperluète or perluette ; it's the most ancient ligature in french typography, being originally made of an e and a t, so as to represent the word et (and).

    Then, there's a tricky one missing from your list :
    the blank space is espace in french, and it's then feminine : une espace (the masculine un espace also exists but only means space as in spatial)

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    Re: All languages: names of keys and symbols

    Lots of unofficial names are found in Swedish. I'll try to concentrate on the official ones.
    # brädgård (the lumber yard sign on official maps)
    * asterisk (but blaming the Belgians, you'll find a lot of asterix'es mentioned)
    - bindestreck (hyphen)
    _ understreck (under-stroke)
    () parenteser (plural)
    [] hakparenteser (plural)
    {} klammerparenteser (familiarly krullparenteser, ”curly parantheses”)
    / snedstreck, colloquially slash
    \ bakstreck or omvänt snedstreck (turned slash)
    & och or et (both referring to the meaning ‘and’)
    @ snabel-a (trunk-a, Rüssel-a, proboscides-a, like referring to the elephant nose). For quite some time I (and others) fought for kanelbulle, but we lost.
    + plus
    = likhetstecken; lika med
    § paragraf (causing of course any amount of confusion when the English refer to their para. sign ¶)
    ” I was taught anföringstecken, then it was citationstecken, and now it’s officially citattecken. We only use one type, either the straight ones or the 99 type. No difference between opening and closing quotes.

    The space is really tricky, thanks. Too often it's mentioned as mellanslag, which typographically is the space between lines. It should be blanksteg, but I don't think that too many are aware of this word.
    Last edited by Lugubert; 30th December 2007 at 6:02 PM.

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    Re: names of keys and symbols

    American English:

    # pound
    * asterisk
    - dash/hyphen (if longer)
    _ underscore
    () parenthesis
    [] brackets
    / foward slash
    \ backward slash
    & and
    @ at
    + plus
    = equals
    § section
    Last edited by IDK; 26th November 2008 at 1:51 AM. Reason: Specifying and some modification

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    Re: names of keys and symbols

    Please note that "#" is "pound" in AmE only. It's "hash" in BrE. "Pound" would refer to "£" the sign for the British currency, the "pound" (sterling.)
    "Who's the more foolish: the fool, or the fool who follows him?"

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    Re: names of keys and symbols

    Quote Originally Posted by IDK View Post
    English:

    # pound
    * asterix asterisk
    - dash/hyphen (if longer)

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    Re: All languages: names of keys and symbols

    Quote Originally Posted by Angel.Aura View Post
    In Italian:

    # cancelletto
    * asterisco
    - trattino
    _ sottolineato (also trattino basso)
    () parentesi (tonde)
    [] parentesi (quadre)
    {} parentesi (graffe)
    / barra (or slash)
    \ barra inversa
    & "e" commerciale
    @ chiocciola
    + più
    = uguale
    § paragrafo
    A few more in Italian:

    ~ tilde
    ! punto esclamativo
    ? punto interrogativo (or: "punto di domanda")
    " " virgolette
    ç cediglia (but technically "cediglia" is only the little hook added as a diacritical mark)
    < minore (di)
    > maggiore (di)
    . punto
    , virgola
    ; punto e virgola
    : due punti
    % percentuale


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    Re: names of keys and symbols

    Quote Originally Posted by Au101 View Post
    Please note that "#" is "pound" in AmE only. It's "hash" in BrE. "Pound" would refer to "£" the sign for the British currency, the "pound" (sterling.)
    I have tried in vain to locate the beautiful explanation of the £ I once saw: the "English dollar sign".

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    Re: names of keys and symbols

    I'm glad that I was helpful
    "Who's the more foolish: the fool, or the fool who follows him?"

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    Re: names of keys and symbols

    Czech:

    # křížek
    * hvězdička
    - spojovník
    _ pomlčka
    () kulaté závorky
    [] hranaté závorky
    {} složené závorky
    / lomítko
    \ opačné lomítko (reverse slash)
    & ampersan
    @ vzavináč
    + plus
    = rovná se
    § paragraf
    ' apostrof
    " " / « » uvozovky
    $ znak dolaru
    % znak procenta
    ~ tilda
    > větší než
    < menší než
    ! vykřičník
    ? otazník
    . tečka
    , čárka
    : dvojtečka
    ; středník

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    Re: names of keys and symbols

    Quote Originally Posted by Tremerka View Post
    Czech:

    # křížek
    * hvězdička
    - spojovník, (pomlčka; rozdělovací znaménko na konci řádku)
    _ pomlčkapodtržítko
    () kulaté závorky
    [] hranaté závorky
    {} složené závorky
    / lomítko
    \ opačné lomítko (reverse slash)
    & ampersand(?)
    @ vzavináč
    + plus
    = rovná se, rovnítko
    § paragraf
    ' apostrof
    " " / « » uvozovky
    $ znak dolaru
    % znak procenta, procento
    ‰ promile
    ± plusmínus
    º stupeň
    libra (libra sterlingů[šteringů])
    → šipka
    √ odmocnítko
    ∞ nekonečno
    euro
    ~ tilda
    > větší než
    < menší než
    ! vykřičník
    ? otazník
    . tečka
    , čárka
    : dvojtečka
    ; středník
    Thanks Tremerka for answer - and welcome to forum!

    In Lithuanian:

    # grotelės
    * žvagždutė
    - brūkšnelis
    _ pabraukimas
    () apvalūs skliausteliai
    [] laužtiniai skliausteliai
    {} ??? (ask native Lithuanian) skliausteliai
    / pasvirasis brūkšnys
    \ pasvirasis kairinis brūkšnys
    | vertikalus brūkšnys
    & ampersandas
    @ eta
    + plusas
    = lygu
    ' apostrofas
    " " / « » kabutės
    $ znak dolaru
    % procentas
    ‰promilė
    º laipsnis
    rodyklė
    √ šaknis
    begalybė
    € euras
    ~ tildė
    > didesnis
    < mažesnis
    ! šauktukas
    ? klaustukas
    . taškas
    , kablelis
    : dvitaškis
    ; kabliataškis
    Last edited by kusurija; 13th December 2008 at 10:27 PM. Reason: "" kabutės
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    Re: names of keys and symbols

    Polish:
    # krzyżyk
    * gwiazdka
    - dywiz (łącznik)
    myślnik
    _ podkreślnik
    () nawias okrągły (plural: nawiasy okrągłe)
    [] nawias kwadratowy (plural: nawiasy kwadratowe)
    {} nawias klamrowy (plural: nawiasy klamrowe; normally referred to as "klamra/klamry")
    / (prawy) ukośnik (English term "slash" is also used)
    \ lewy ukośnik (English term "backslash" is also used, but less commonly than "slash")
    & et (though, I dare say most people wouldn't know this term, and would try to refer to it descriptively)
    @ małpa ("at" is also used at times, especially in the context of giving e-mail addresses)
    + plus
    = znak równości
    § paragraf
    ' apostrof / minuta (in geographical contexts)
    " " cudzysłów
    $ znak dolara
    % procent
    ‰ promil
    º stopień
    ′ prim (mathematics)
    √ pierwiastek (kwadratowy drugiego stopnia)
    znak nieskończoności
    ~ tylda
    < > nawias ostrokątny (plural: nawiasy ostrokątne)
    ! wykrzyknik
    ? znak zapytania
    . kropka
    , przecinek
    : dwukropek
    ; średnik

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    Re: names of keys and symbols

    Greek

    # Δίεση (In Cypriot Greek "κάγκελο" is very common)
    * Αστερίσκος
    - Παύλα
    _ Κάτω παύλα
    () Παρενθέσεις
    [] Αγκύλες
    {} Αγκύλες
    / Κάθετος
    \ Ανάποδη Κάθετος, Αντίστροφη Κάθετος,
    @ Παπάκι
    + Συν
    - Πλην
    = Ίσον
    § Παράγραφος
    ' Απόστροφος
    . Τελεία
    , Κόμμα
    ; Ερωτηματικό (Greek equivalent of "?". Semicolon is "Άνω τελεία")
    ! Θαυμαστικό
    : (π)Άνω και κάτω τελεία / (π)Άνω-κάτω τελεία, διπλή τελεία
    ... Αποσιωπητικά
    · (π)Άνω τελεία
    - Ενωτικό (hyphen)
    «» Εισαγωγικά
    » Ομοιωματικά
    % Τοις εκατό
    ‰ Τοις χιλίοις

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    Re: names of keys and symbols

    Quote Originally Posted by kusurija View Post
    Thanks Tremerka for answer - and welcome to forum!

    In Lithuanian:

    # grotelės
    * žvagždutė
    - brūkšnelis
    _ pabraukimas
    () apvalūs skliausteliai
    [] laužtiniai skliausteliai
    {} ??? (ask native Lithuanian) skliausteliai
    / pasvirasis brūkšnys
    \ pasvirasis kairinis brūkšnys
    | vertikalus brūkšnys
    & ampersandas
    @ eta
    + plusas
    = lygu
    ' apostrofas
    " " / « » kabutės
    $ dolerio ženklas (excuse me, I forgot translate this)
    % procentas
    ‰promilė
    º laipsnis
    rodyklė
    √ šaknis
    begalybė
    € euras
    ~ tildė
    > didesnis
    < mažesnis
    ! šauktukas
    ? klaustukas
    . taškas
    , kablelis
    : dvitaškis
    ; kabliataškis
    Su pagarba: 薬屋 (S úctou: kusurija) As I'm too poor in English, please repair my mistakes. Prašau pataisyti, jei ką netiksliai parašiau.

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    Re: All languages: names of keys and symbols

    Quote Originally Posted by dudasd View Post
    Serbian
    () zagrada (pl. zagrade)
    [] srednja zagrada / četvrtasta zagrada
    {} velika zagrada
    The first one can also be called obla zagrada (parenthesis), but in most cases zagrada ​(bracket) is enough. The other two are better known as uglasta zagrada and vitičasta zagrada.

    Quote Originally Posted by dudasd View Post
    / kosa crta nadesno / desna kosa crta
    \ kosa crta nalevo / leva kosa crta
    These two are called kosa crta and obrnuta kosa crta.

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    Re: names of keys and symbols

    # סולמית sulamit (small ledge)
    * כוכבית kokhavit (little star)
    - מקף makaf
    _ קו תחתון kav takhton underline
    () סוגריים (עגולות sograyim (agulot = circled)
    [] סוגרים מרובעות " meruba'ot (squared)
    {} סוגריים מסולסלות " mesulsalot (curved)
    / סלאש slash קו נטוי kav natuy, inclined/blented line
    \ בקסלאש backslash, or the other options from above added with הפוך afukh
    & אמפרסנד ampersand
    @ שטרודל shtrudel, although at works a well
    + פלוס plus
    = שווה shave
    § סעיף se'if
    ' אפוסטרוף apostrophe
    . נקודה bekuda
    , פסיק psik
    ; נקודה פסיק nekuda psik
    ! סימן קריאה siman kri'a
    : נקודתיים neuda/otayim
    ... נקודה נקודה נקודה nekuda X3
    % אחוז akhuz
    Last edited by arielipi; 3rd September 2013 at 1:27 PM.
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    Re: All languages: names of keys and symbols

    Quote Originally Posted by Lugubert View Post

    @ snabel-a (trunk-a, Rüssel-a, proboscides-a, like referring to the elephant nose). For quite some time I (and others) fought for kanelbulle, but we lost.
    Kanelbulle would have been a perfect name for that sign! Shame it lost out.

    Mmmm, kanelbullar...

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    Re: All languages: names of keys and symbols

    Quote Originally Posted by ivanovic77 View Post
    Spanish:

    # almohadilla, numeral (In Venezuela only numeral is used)
    * asterisco
    - guión
    _ subrayado (Here it's called either piso or underscore. Piso is the common term, underscore is for people more into computers)
    () paréntesis
    [] corchetes
    {} llaves
    / barra (When there is no specification they're called Slash here. When not, I think yours are used)
    \ barra inversa
    & et, 'y' comercial (not used traditionally in Spanish)
    @ arroba
    + signo más
    = signo de igualdad, igual
    § signo de sección
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    Re: names of keys and symbols

    Frisian:

    # stekje
    * stjerke
    - minteken, streepke, streekje, ôfbrekteken
    _ leech streepke, leech streekje
    () heakje(s) (iepen/ticht)
    [] rjocht(e) heakje(s) (iepen/ticht)
    {}
    / skeanestreek, foaroerstreek
    \ oerbekstreek
    & en, enteken
    @ aapke, et
    + plus, plusteken
    = is, isteken
    § paragraafteken
    ? fraachteken
    ! útropteken
    â (accent circonflexe) dakje, kapke, breedteken
    á skerpteken
    à klamteken
    ä trema
    : dûbele punt
    ; puntkomma
    „” oanhellingstekens (quotation marks)
    ' streekje, fuortlitteken, apostrof

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    Re: names of keys and symbols

    Quote Originally Posted by Δημήτρης View Post
    Greek

    # Δίεση ['ði.esi] (fem.)
    * Αστερίσκος [aste'riskos] (masc.)
    - Παύλα [pavla] (fem.)
    _ Κάτω παύλα ['kato 'pavla] (fem.)
    () Παρενθέσεις [paren'θesis] (fem. pl.), [pa'renθesi] (fem. sing.)
    [] Αγκύλες [aɲ'ɟiles] (fem. pl.), [aɲ'ɟili] (fem. sing.)
    {} Αγκύλες Άγκιστρα ['aɲɟistra] (neut. pl.), ['aɲɟistro] (neut. sing.)
    / Κάθετος ['kaθetos] (fem.)
    \ Ανάποδη Κάθετος, Αντίστροφη Κάθετος Ανάστροφη διαγώνιος [a'nastrofi ði.a'ɣonios] (fem.)
    @ Παπάκι [pa'paci] (neut.)
    + Συν [sin] (neut.)
    - Πλην [plin] (neut.)
    = Ίσον ['ison] (neut.)
    § Παράγραφος [pa'raɣrafos]
    ' Απόστροφος [a'postrofos] (fem.)
    . Τελεία [te'li.a] (fem.)
    , Κόμμα ['koma] (neut.)
    ; Ερωτηματικό [erotimatiko] (neut.) (Greek equivalent of "?". Semicolon is "Άνω τελεία")
    ! Θαυμαστικό [θavmasti'ko] (neut.)
    : (π)Άνω και κάτω τελεία [ano ce 'kato te'li.a] / (π)Άνω-κάτω τελεία ['ano 'kato te'lia], διπλή τελεία [ði'pli te'li.a]
    ... Αποσιωπητικά [aposi.opiti'ka] (neut. pl.)
    · (π)Άνω τελεία ['ano te'lia] (fem.)
    - Ενωτικό [enoti'ko] (neut.) (hyphen)
    «» Εισαγωγικά [isaɣoʝi'ka] (neut. pl.)
    » Ομοιωματικά [omi.omati'ka] (neut. pl.)
    % Τοις εκατό [tis eka'to]
    ‰ Τοις χιλίοις [tis çi'li.is]
    ...and a few more

    ~ Κυμματοειδής παύλα [cimato.iðis 'pavla] (fem.), Eπίπαυλα [e'pipavla] (fem.)
    > Μεγαλύτερο [meɣa'litero] (neut.)
    < Μικρότερο [mi'krotero] (neut.)
    | Kατακόρυφος [kata'korifos] (fem.)
    ¦ Διακεκομμένη κατακόρυφος [ði.aceko'meni kata'korifos] (fem.)
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