Why You Can’t Say Hashtag in France

Written on:January 30, 2013
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French Twitter users are saying “au revoir” to the word “hashtag” in an effort to protect the French language from anglicisms

Instead, hashtag will be replaced with “mot-dièse,” meaning “sharp word” in English. The change comes from the French government agency called the Commission Générale de Terminologie et de Néologie, which is responsible for promoting the French language. The group’s main goal is to keep French relevant in the age of the Internet, where most widespread terms have their origins in English

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