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What is the technical name of a hashtag?


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it isn't the “number sign” or the “pound sign,” as it was called back in the #DarkAges before Twitter. The technical term for a hashtag is “octothorp,” according to the OED; octo, in reference to the eight points in the figure, and Thorpe, OED says cryptically, from “the surname Thorpe.”

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And it isn't the “number sign” or the “pound sign,” as it was called back in the #DarkAges before Twitter. The technical term for a hashtag is “octothorp,” according to the OED; octo, in reference to the eight points in the figure, and Thorpe, OED says cryptically, from “the surname Thorpe.”

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