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Another term for the symbol # (the hash sign or pound sign).
- ‘This starts with an octothorpe and consists of 6 hex numbers.’
- ‘By dialing the octothorpe (#) and 44, then saying ‘Messages,’ a subscriber can retrieve voice mail.’
- ‘Common names for an octothorpe include number sign, hash (most common in the UK), or pound (US standard usage).’
1970s: of uncertain origin; probably from octo- (referring to the eight points on the symbol) + the surname Thorpe.
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