In Armenian, it is “shnik” (շնիկ) which means puppy. In Belarusian, it’s called “сьлімак” (“helix”, “snail”) In Dutch, it is called apenstaartje (“monkey-tail”). In Hungarian, it is called kukac (“worm, maggot”). In Kazakh, it is officially called айқұлақ (“moon’s ear”), sometimes unofficial as ит басы (“dog’s head”). In Swedish, it is called snabel-a (“(elephant’s) trunk-a”), kanelbulle (Cinnamon roll) or simply “at” like in the English language. In Turkish, it is et (using the English pronunciation). Also called as güzel a (beautiful a), özel a (special a), salyangoz (snail), koç (ram), kuyruklu a (a with a tail), çengelli a (a with hook) and kulak (ear).
I definitely see the monkey.
Seibel: […] do you think programmers have any sort of special ethical responsibilities to society? We’re arguably a profession, and professions have codes of conduct.
Fitzpatrick: You shouldn’t kill anyone. Like with flight-control software. But that’s kind of a rare case. I would like to ask that everyone is consistent on their credit-card forms to like let me put in fucking spaces or hyphens. Computers are good at removing that shit. Like don’t tell me how to format my numbers. But there’s no ethics there. Just stupidity.” —Coders At Work, Peter Seibel, interviewing Brad Fitzpatrick.