American Dialect Society Names “Hashtag” As The Word Of The Year

Posted Jan 6, 2013

The American Dialect Society (ADS) is known for nominating and voting a word of the year.  In 2012, words that are nominated include “hashtag,” “YOLO,” “fiscal cliff,” and “Gangnam Style.”  Ben Zimmer, the chair of the ADS’ New Words Committee, said that “hashtag” was a ubiquitous phenomenon around online talk.  Zimmer said that “hashtag could sometimes be heard in oral use introducing a snappy metacommentary on what had just been said.  Some of the words that have won in the past include “Occupy,” “App,” and “Plutoed.”  Hashtag was made popular by the Twitter social media service.  [Poynter]