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I’ve recently been working with overseas students (more on this in a later post), and one of the questions that I’ve been asked most frequently over the last two weeks is:

“Where is the ‘@’ key?”

Because British keyboards are pretty much the only ones in the whole world where it isn’t above the ‘2’ key (we have a habit of being “unique” in really annoying ways). Quote marks and the ‘at’ symbol are swapped on a British keyboard, which I had sort-of heard about before, but there are a number of other differences, summarised in this article, and in the diagram below: Differences Between the US and UK Computer Keyboard | English Language Blog

uk-us-keyboard

I’m wondering how many emails they will have to compose before they no longer instinctively type instead of @.