From what started out as a way of searching for discussion topics on Twitter, the word hashtag has meandered into our lexicons and today, “hashtag” has been declared “children’s word of the year” by the Oxford University Press. Over 120,000 short stories submitted by children aged between 5-13 for the BBC’s 500 Words competition were analysed by the OUP. They claimed words including email, mobile and Facebook are in decline, being replaced by the likes of Instagram, Snapchat and emoji. The most notable use of “hashtag” has been in sentences denoting emphasis on a certain phrase (eg. #OMG said “hashtag oh-em-gee”).
As technology advances, so do the vocabulary of its most prominent users. Do you think it’s a good or bad thing for children to be speaking in what is effectively computer code? Let us know in the comments.