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**To**:*ziegler@goofy.zdv.uni-mainz.de***Subject**:**Re: symbols: large operators.****From**:*bbeeton <BNB@MATH.AMS.ORG>***Date**: 09 Aug 1993 12:25:15 -0400 (EDT)**Cc**:*alanje@cogs.susx.ac.uk*

justin, regarding the "pound sign" and "sterling", when i first read \item large operator symbols based on ampersand, asterisk, and pound sign. i assumed that by "pound sign" was meant the # sign, not \sterling. then alan's comment, based on the \sterling assumption, called to my attention that my initial understanding might have been in error. i think you were the originator of the statement -- what did you really mean? was alan's reading correct, and you've seen \sterling used as a large operator, or are we going around in circles here because of terminology? in the u.s., # is often used as a shorthand for "lb.", as in 2# of potatoes instead of 2 lb. of potatoes i think this is the only symbol we've been talking about that has names that are so confusing. -- bb

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