afuna: Cat under a blanket. Text: "Cats are just little people with Fur and Fangs" (Default)
Damn. PHP also uses @$. First thing I thought when I saw it was, "Oh neat, it's dereferencing an array reference." Then I realized a) the variable on the LHS wasn't an array, and b) I was in the wrong language.

(It's used for error control instead, which is also neat in its own way, I guess.)