The Word of the Month

Hashtag

November 2013

Cartoon by Gymglish

A brief history of hashtags

-Originated in Internet chatrooms as a way to label conversation topics. #nerds

-Introduced to microblogging site Twitter in 2007. #billionairenerds

-Now used everywhere by everyone, including your mother. #weareallnerds

Hash Trivia

The # symbol is called hash in the UK, but pound in the US. Meanwhile the British use pounds instead of dollars. #anglologic.

Hash is also short for hashish, the Arabic word for 'grass'. Far less addictive than hashtags. #pleasehelpme

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