Circle with a slash through it=?

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Feb 7 17:53:58 UTC 2006

At 12:26 PM -0500 2/7/06, Orion Montoya wrote:
>  > a circle with an = image in it and a "slash" through the circle
>When I was in middle school, one of the cooler-and-older kids called
>this "the universal sign of negation".  Google has only two real hits
>for this, and I'm responsible for one of them (the one now absent from
>, even in Google's cache).  So, clearly, it's more
>One hit for "international sign of negation", three for "international
>sign of prohibition".
>Aha: 117 raw hits for "international symbol of prohibition".

I like "universal/international sign of negation" myself, but
evidently we're (almost) alone.  Or perhaps--since many U.S.ers first
come across this when traveling in Europe--

The Euroneg

(No hits yet.)


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