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American Dialect Society names “hashtag” word of the year

Not long after Oxford American Dictionary called "gif" its word of the year, the American Dialect Society has voted "Hashtag" ("#") as the word of the year for 2012. And, although it may prompt many adults to roll their eyes, the decision made by 250 experts, including linguists, lexicographers and historians, signals that social media-spawned symbols-as-words are here to stay. (And it could have been worse: "Hashtag" beat out the verbal abomination that is "YOLO," an acronym for "You Only Live Once," popularized by rapper Drake).

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