International email

Names for the “at” symbol (@) don’t translate so well:

In Russia, for instance, it seems that the most common word for the @ is sobaka ( dog) or sobachka ( doggie) — apparently because a computer game popular when e-mail was first introduced involved chasing an @-shaped dog on the screen…. So when Natasha gives her e-mail address to someone, it comes out sounding like she calls herself “Natasha, the dog.” “Everybody’s used to it,” says Peter Finn, The Post’s Moscow correspondent, “but there are still jokes — people say ‘Natasha, don’t be so hard on yourself.'”


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