The @-symbol: intermission

This is a quick note to thank the many readers who have commented on the first @-symbol article. There have been some great comments, both adding extra information about the at sign and pointing out errors I made in compiling the article. If you haven’t done so already, feel free to take a look and join the discussion.

Also, the article has had some incredible mentions on Twitter — thanks go to Martha Lane Fox, Alyssa Milano, Terrence Dorsey of, Luke Scheybeler of Rapha (as a cyclist, this came as a particularly nice surprise!) and Erik Spiekermann of Edenspiekemann. Amazing, really. Thanks again!

The second @-symbol article will be published next weekend, so check back on Sunday 7th August.


  1. Jane Haslam
    Posted August 1, 2011 at 6:01 am | Permalink | Reply

    I do like what you are doing with Shady Characters. I am a rare book librarian and am fascinated to regularly come across hand-scribed/and even a few printed manicules in c15th/16th books. Just a suggestion, but what about having a look at them for your next project ?
    Best Regards,
    Jane Haslam

    • Keith Houston
      Posted August 1, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Hi Jane — thanks for the comment, and I’m glad you’re enjoying the site. I’ll add the manicule to the (ever longer) list of characters to be investigated!

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