Hashtag: 2012 Word of the Year

by Sheela Philomena on  January 15, 2013 at 10:11 AM Lifestyle News
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American Dialect Society has voted hashtag as the 'word of the year'.

The move proves that the tech world is closer to being fully embraced by the linguistic traditionalists.
 Hashtag: 2012 Word of the Year
Hashtag: 2012 Word of the Year

While the word has been around for decades, the language group decided that it truly exerted its influence this year, the Daily Mail reports.

In a statement, Chair of the New Words Committee Ben Zimmer said that this was the year when the hashtag became a ubiquitous phenomenon in online talk.

According to the report, Hashtags initially became popular on Twitter, where users would put them within tweets to make a larger comment or joke.

From there, it started spreading to Facebook and everyday speech.

A tipping point came when the only three words used on the cover of Newsweek magazine's final print issue were preceded by a hashtag, making the cross over from web to print complete, the report said.

Other contenders were also based around fads, like YOLO- the acronym for 'You Only Live Once', and Gangnam style as a reference to the hit song of the same name, the report added.

Source: ANI

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