How do you say @ in other languages?

How do you say @ in other languages?
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Talking about the "at" sign is much more interesting if you're not speaking English. The Wikipedia entry for @ lists names for it in over 50 other languages, many of which are colourful interpretations of its shape - and which, in true online style, often involve animal analogies.

Armenians call it ishnik, meaning a "puppy" (curled up on the floor, I assume). Chinese terms include xiao laoshu in Taiwan, meaning "little mouse" and quan ei on the mainland, meaning "circled A". Danes, meanwhile, prefer snabela (an "elephant's trunk A").

Hungarians have the less savory kukac ("worm" or "maggot"), Italians the slightly more palatable chiocciola ("snail"), while - two personal favourites - Kazakhs see a айқұлақ ("moon's ear") and some Germans a klammeraffe ("spider monkey"  - or, more precisely, "cling monkey"). If you're Greek, you say papaki, meaning "little duck."

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