hashtag was our Word of the Day on 06/23/2014. Hear the podcast!
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Recent Examples of hashtag from the Web
Not long after she was granted her citizenship, an Arabic hashtag that translates to #Sophia_calls_for_dropping_guardianship was trending on Saudi social media, accompanied by many a wry joke.
There really should be no need for this hashtag in the first place.
How soon is too soon to cash in on the latest social-justice hashtag?
This ignited the hashtag #MeToo, and gave Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney a platform to feel safe enough to break her own painful silence about her abuse at the hands of doctor Larry Nassar.
Police departments across the nation, including the KCPD and Shawnee Police Department, tweet out a reminder to lock up at night with fun GIFs and the hashtag #9pmroutine.
Several using the hashtag #bnsf aired their grievances with photos of the crowds.
There's been a big 'bring back Good Girls Revolt' hashtag movement.
Meanwhile, supporters of Rowe took to Twitter using the hashtag #justiceforjazzy to stand up for her.
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Did You Know?
Social media has made the hashtag a ubiquitous part of Internet culture, starting with Twitter and expanding to other sites. Originally designed for categorizing posts, the hashtag can now be a tool for a supplementary coy or witty comment (e.g., #awkward). The word tag can mean "a word or phrase used for description or identification." Hash is short for hash mark, a term for what we more commonly call a pound sign (and, less commonly, an octothorp). The hash in hash mark is probably an alteration of hatch, a term for the crisscrossing of lines (as when adding shading to a drawing).
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