pointerBreve storia della punteggiatura

In The Secret Life of Punctuation l’autrice Keith Houston racconta com’è nato l’hastag e altri simboli di punteggiatura che oggi utilizziamo nello scrivere, e su Internet dandogli un nuovo significato. Da un breve estratto apparso sul New Yorker:

The story of the hashtag begins sometime around the fourteenth century, with the introduction of the Latin abbreviation “lb,” for the Roman term libra pondo, or “pound weight.” Like many standard abbreviations of that period, “lb” was written with the addition of a horizontal bar, known as a tittle, or tilde. And though printers commonly cast this barred abbreviation as a single character, it was the rushed pens of scribes that eventually produced the symbol’s modern form: hurriedly dashed off again and again, the barred “lb” mutated into the abstract #.