When someone reads out an email address and reads “@” as “at the rate of.” That reveals a marked inability to deal with symbols.
It is true that “@” stands for “at the rate of” in certain contexts but when it is embedded in an email address, it is simply “at”. It is worse when someone who works at some IT related job makes that stupid error. I sometimes take the time to explain that it is a symbol and that symbols are interpreted based on the context, and then pronounced appropriately. The “.” at the end of a sentence is read as “period”, or “full stop”; but in arithmetic, it is called “point”, not period.
Another thing that bugs me no end is when someone writes “sirjee” or “sirji”. WTF is that? What next, “shri sir ji”? Or even “sri sri sir ji”?
This is the shortest rant I have ever written.