That @ symbol

Natalie Maynor maynor at CS.MSSTATE.EDU
Thu Jun 29 00:36:40 UTC 2000

I'm happy that this discussion of @ arose and that a couple of people
have mentioned an association with "approximately."  I'd been thinking
for years that I had just dreamed that up at some point in childhood.
Until sometime in middle age -- probably when bitnet came into my life
and I became maynor at msstate, I had thought that @ meant "at about."  I
don't know where my thought on the subject came from originally, but
when I started catching on that it meant "at," I concluded that I had
somehow imagined the "about" part.
   --Natalie Maynor (maynor at

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