Monkey, Elephant… How Do You Call @ Symbol?
Many of us have been in the following predicament: you spell to your foreign friend an email over the phone and then… comes @ symbol. So you start coming up with weird (and often funny) synonyms and metaphors trying to explain it. Afterwards you probably think: “Man, I should really look it up”. And most probably you leave that thought until next time when you have to spell your email again.
Here are some notable examples from above:
You may ask: “What’s the big deal anyway?”
Here is why. Your professional image in the given industry consists not only from knowing some general things but also from small details that add to the whole picture. You know what they say, Devil is in the details. In international business environment knowing how to call @ can surprisingly benefit your image among colleagues and clients.
1st – It means that you took time to study foreign language specifics.
2nd – You will come off a professional who does his homework.
3rd– It is not only funny to see how different languages name the same thing, but it can also inform you about different cultural perception.
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