Now I find I can call it an octothorpe.
When might I want to call it an octothorpe? Maybe when it’s a footnote symbol–neither a number sign or a pound sign. Or perhaps a very precise character would use the word. Or one who wants to impress someone with his vocabulary, because there was nothing else impressive about him/her. A less precise person might call it a tic-tac-toe grid imitating the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
I love knowing the names of things–the words that draw vivid pictures in the mind of a reader. I’m currently reading Escape Into the Open: The Art of Writing True by Elizabeth Berg. I think the thing that impresses me the most about her as a writer is that she captures a snapshot in words. Those words are crisp, exact, and the picture they draw is clear and recognizable. But it’s the details that make me say–yes! I can see that.
Don’t know that octothorpe would do that. Well, it will now. It would have drawn a blank before today. But after today…..perhaps a few more will know what I’m talking about. 🙂 Aren’t words wonderful?