The other day, I got this email:
The Danes, it seems, take their alphabet very seriøusly. The last thing we want is to annoy anyone, especially someone whose ancestors used to raid northern Scotland for grød and haggis. But the writer of this email, Mr (***REDACTED***), from (***REDACTED***) (if that is even his real name), shocks us with his lack of knowledge, not to mention his 'accidental' mispelling of iMatix. Ø and ∅ are two totally different letters. They don't even look remotely similar!
It's true that all of us have sometimes written ØMQ instead of ∅MQ by accident (the letters are like right next to each other), but I'm going to set the record straight. For all Danes, ∅MQ is pronounced "The-letter-not-to-be-confused-with-Ø-em-queue", or if you are a mathematician, "empty-set-times-M-times-Q". The rest of us can continue to say "zero-em-queue".
For the collectors of software trivia, ∅MQ is possibly the very first product ever to use a Unicode name. Where ∅MQ goes, Gøøgle cannot follow!
Written: 01 Sep 2010 11:25
Revised: 01 Sep 2010 13:31
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