Hashtag named 2012 word of the year

Last Updated: Mon, Jan 07, 2013 10:00 hrs

Hashtag has been voted as 'word of the year' by the American Dialect Society.

The move proves that the tech world is closer to being fully embraced by the linguistic traditionalists.

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. (ANI)

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