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Slices of Life By Jill Pertler

April 3, 2013

Cyberspace swaps symbols for words: #trending
ĎAtí Ė the two-letter combination originates from humble beginnings as a simple word that required a quick couple hits to the computer keyboard. I grew up knowing when to use Ďatí within a sentence (but never at the end of one). The tiny word stayed out of the limelight and didnít get a whole lot of attention Ė until the pint-sized preposition made the transition from word to symbol and suddenly @ was the place to be.

Iím guessing we all possess at least one @ and access it on a daily basis. Email practically owes its existence to the curlicue, lowercase A.

In a logical, natural and symbolic way, @ gives each of us a location of our own. Being someplace is critical to oneís existence. If youíre not @ somewhere you are nowhere Ė which is the opposite of @ Ė and I donít have any idea where that might be. †

I figured I had it figured out. I knew where I was @ and lived in comfort right there. Recently, however, I learned there may be something even more important than being @ somewhere, and thatís where youíre headed.

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