That sure is the question. The other day I was having a work related phone conversation and the woman was giving me her email.
She said, “Blah blah blah ampersand blah dot com.”
Hold up. I’ve never heard of & being in an email address.
“Ampersand?” I asked.
“Yeah,” she said. “You know…the little a in the swirl thing.”
Whoa. This is the moment of truth. Do I tell her that the @ symbol is not an ampersand?
So what did I do? I just said. “Oh, okay.” And let it go.
In retrospect, should I have said something? She probably gives out her email a thousand time a day and either is wrongly informing people that this @ is an ampersand or has a bunch of people think she’s an idiot. I’m one of those people who appreciates (to a certain extend) being corrected when I misuse or mispronounce a word, but I know to the general populace this is seen as obnoxious.
What would you have done?