I was on a conference call to the UK today, and everyone was laughing at the instructions.
[insert stuck up english womans voice]: “Please enter your authorization code and then hit the square key”
What the hell is the square key? Everyone worked out that she meant the pound sign. I know that I never called that sign the ‘pound’ sign, as it is of course reserved for our currency. I used to call it the ‘hash’ mark (not what they call it in Holland ;).
I don’t think I EVER heard a brit call it the square key!
Also, the conf call system was one that asks for your name, so it can play the part of the masters of service and claim:
“Dion has entered the conference”
One of the guys hit buttons, and indeed that worked just fine:
“BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP has entered the conference”