what is the english name of special characters

Discussion in 'English Only' started by angela.fan, Feb 15, 2006.

  1. angela.fan Junior Member

    China Chinese/English
    Hi everybody,

    We can often meet special characters, such as #, @ , etc.. But how to speak them in english.

    Very thanks

    Angela
     
  2. Aupick

    Aupick Senior Member

    Strasbourg, France
    UK, English
    Do you want to know the name of each individual character, or a word to describe them all as a group?
     
  3. angela.fan Junior Member

    China Chinese/English
    I want to know the name of each individual character:) . Now by google, I get part of results.
    "#": numbersign
    "@": at

    Are they correct?

    PS: how to use a word to describe them all as a group? I am curious too.
     
  4. maxiogee Senior Member

    imithe
    I believe they are, as a group, part of what is known as "punctuation" - though that term usually refers to commas, full stops, question marks, etc. I don't know if they have a particular name within that group.

    The # is sometimes called a "pound sign" by Americans.
     
  5. mnzrob Senior Member

    Denver, Colorado USA
    Chicago English and German
    Yes, @ is at. # is number sign, or it can also be referred to as "pound".

    Rob
     
  6. Aupick

    Aupick Senior Member

    Strasbourg, France
    UK, English
    Here are some. (How thorough do you need to be?)

    # = hash sign (British English), pound sign (American English)
    @ = at sign
    $ = dollar sign
    £ = pound sign (British English)
    % = percent sign
    ^ = caret
    & = ampersand
    * = asterisk

    In computing, you might call them "non-alphanumeric characters", otherwise I'm not sure what to call them as a group. "Special characters" might work.
     
  7. Aupick

    Aupick Senior Member

    Strasbourg, France
    UK, English
    Here are some more:

    ~ = tilde
    ! = exclamation mark
    () = parentheses
    - = hyphen
    _ = underscore
    + = plus sign
    = = equals sign
    [] = square brackets
    {} = curly brackets (is there something more "official"? braces?)
    \ = backslash
    / = slash, solidus
    <> = angle brackets
    ¶ = paragraph mark, pilcrow sign
    § = section sign
    © = copyright sign
    ¥ = Yen sign
    ¢ = cent sign
    º = degree symbol, ordinal indicator
    × = multiplication sign
    ÷ = division sign

    EDIT: If you want a really complete list, you can go to this part of the Unicode website and click on the punctuation links in the left column or on any of the symbol links in the third column. They will take you to a pdf document with character charts followed by all the possible names for each character (since many characters have different names in different contexts).
     
  8. MrPedantic Senior Member

    UK, English
    Alternatively, if you click on START (bottom left of your screen), select RUN, then type charmap and click OK, it will bring up a character map on your pc. If you select a symbol, it will tell you its name at the bottom of the pop-up.

    MrP

    PS: You will have to change your pc language to English to get the English name, of course...
     

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