Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The @

For almost six months, I've been totally confused as to why so many official memos and reports and emails that go out around this place had words like tí@s, niñ@s, and voluntari@s written on them.

Why are you people making so many typos with the @ symbol? How does that happen? So unprofessional.

Well, I just learned this week that they weren't typos. They were done on purpose.

The @ means "a or o." So, instead of typing out tías and tíos, niñas and niños, or voluntarias and voluntarios, they save themselves some time and use the handy @.

I feel like an idiot, hah.

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