Vive Le Hashtag!

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The French Commission Générale de Terminologie et de Néologisme has spoken: from now on, France’s government will not use the word “hashtag.”

Instead, official government documents will substitute in the term “mot-dièse” (“sharp word”), so called because the hash mark is similar to (but not exactly the same as) the musical symbol denoting sharpness.

Come on, guys, we kept “RSVP” and “faux pas” the same, can’t you cut us a little slack?


Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →