I am currently reading David Crystal’s “”A Little Book of Language”. Crystal has written an expert guide to language and linguistics. 
I am currently reading about the effect of modern technology on language. For example, let’s look at the “@” symbol. 
In the 1970s when Ray Tomlinson sent the very first email he inserted the “@” sign into email addresses. 
Today it not only appears in email addresses but it is also a handle for certain social media. 
In English we refer to it as the “at” symbol. But the same symbol has attracted different interest and descriptions in other countries. 
For example, in Denmark it is thought the “@” resembles an elephant’s truck and that is how they refer to it. 
In German, it is thought to resemble a monkey’s tail and that is how they describe it or little monkey. 
In Greek, it is called “papaki” or little duck.
In Hebrew, it is called a strudel. 
The Italians call it “chiocciola” meaning snail. 
The Chinese believe it looks like a mouse. 
In Finland, it is either “miukumauka” meaning miaow or “kissanhnta” meaning cat’s tail. 
In Korea, it is called “golbangi” meaning sea snail. 
In Russia, it is said to resemble a dog or dog face.
English can be so unimaginative. 

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