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However, many people seem to ignore the history of this incidental coincidence: when the first typewriters started to be exported abroad US and UK, the key to @ had to be given a name.
I've always understood that @ originally meant "account" and was regularly used in banking. Quite an achievement in a country where hardly anyone knows (or cares about) the word for "ampersand".
IN ENGLISH, the symbol is boringly known as "commercial at", but other languages offer more imaginative names.
In Chinese, it's called a mouse (shu), confusingly enough. @ = TITFER) As any cockney Londoner will tell you, a Titfer is an "At" in Cockney Rhyming Slang.
Londoners usually drop their aitches and "At" stands for Hat i.e. Andrew from Norwich is right: in Finland @-sing is called (colloquially) miuku-mauku, or, alternatively, miumau, which actually referres to the sound that a cat makes (miaow) and @ thus symbolizes the figure of a cat curled up. I agree with what said before: @ means "at £ each" and the fact that we have started using in email addresses does not mean that its name as "commercial at" should be discarded, but for ease and speed of conversation in everyday exchange of email addresses we perhaps should adopt the grammatically correct version of "ampersat" which, from the semantic point of view, means "instead of (at)".