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What did they used to call #?

And now a word from Joe Butler of our marketing department:

If you want to impress/annoy people THIS week, use the word "octoherp." It was a name suggested by Bell Labs in the 1960s to describe the # symbol on new touch-tone phones since they didn't think people would know "pound." It later became "Octothorpe" in honor of the athlete. In 2007, Twitter users changed the word to "hashtag."

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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