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05/05/2009 / doctorjonx

Già, che significa??

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May 5, 2009, 12:37 am

Internet Star @ Least 473 Years Old

The first known instance of the symbol @ being used in writing: a 1536 letter from an Italian merchant.
From our colleagues over at The Lede, The New York Times’s news blog:

Because it is used in every e-mail address and many tweets, you might be forgiven for thinking that the remarkably common symbol @, which English-speakers know as the “at sign,” but Italians call a “snail,” and south Slavs know as a “monkey,” is a fairly recent invention. In fact, as Wired magazine’s Tony Long points out, a Florentine merchant named Francesco Lapi used the symbol @ in a letter written 473 years ago today, on May 4, 1536.

The Italian newspaper La Repubblica reported in 2000 that Giorgio Stabile, who was then a professor of the history of science @ La Sapienza University in Rome, had come across the symbol in the merchant’s letter, where it was used to indicate an ancient measure of weight or volume, an amphora.


Ecco tutta la storia:

… e comunque ci siamo sempre di mezzo noi italiani



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