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Old June 16, 2006, 12:03 PM
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I'd like to know how to say the pound sign in Spanish. :-\
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Old June 16, 2006, 02:04 PM
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Re: pound sign

"Símbolo de libra" or simply "libra"
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Old June 19, 2006, 03:52 PM
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Re: pound sign

Thanks for the reply. I looked up libra and it means pound as in weight. What I mean is this symbol: # Is this also "libra"? Thanks.
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Old June 20, 2006, 11:39 AM
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Re: pound sign

In Spanish "libra" means:
1.- Currency
2.- Weight measure
3.- Zodiac sign
4.- third person of verb "librar"
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Re: pound sign

This symbol # known as a pound sign or simply pound (on the telephone) in the US. It is also known as a hash or hash symbol. If you say "pound sign" in the UK, they will think £ as in the sign for Sterling Pounds. "Pound sign" could also mean Lb, used in the US to represent the weight of one pound.

In México, # is known as a gato or símbolo de gato, in Spain it is most commonly reffered to as the almohadilla. Some people also use cuadradillo or numeral to say this symbol.
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Re: pound sign

Thanks to the three of you for your answers. Sorry I've been away so long and I couln't respond, but I was on vacation. ;D Anyway, what I meant by pound sign is the "pound" on a phone #, so I guess gato is the right word for me. Does anyone know if it's ok to use gato in other parts of the world besides Mexico? or would they think I mean cat?
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As far as I know, gato is used only in Mexico (for this meaning). I believe almohadilla is fairly common too.
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In Spain, its "almohadilla", like Tomisimo says.
I never heard "gato"
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Yes, I'm pretty sure "gato" is only used in Mexico (in this sense of the word). [miau miau]
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