Friday, 20th February 2015

by Joshua Gaskell

Hashtalics, n.

Pronunciation: /haʃˈtalɪks/
Etymology: < pun on hash n. + italics n.

Typography in which all words and phrases are preceded by a hash sign (#): employed on Twitter to increase the chances of a Tweet being read, usu. with the opposite effect.

To paraphrase Fowler:

To those who, however competent on their special subject, have not had enough experience of Tweeting to have learnt the rudiments it comes as natural to hashtalicise every word as it comes to the letter-writing schoolgirl to underline whatever she enjoys recording.

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