I just posted something on Facebook and included several hashtags. This is new for me. I had to go back and edit them when I realized you don’t put any spaces between the words!
How weird is that? And why?
Well anyway, I did it, and I can’t believe it. These things go against the conventions of the English language as I’ve known them, and taught them.
And yet . . . I am fascinated by hashtags, and all the changes in the language that have resulted from our use of technological devices. I have changed along with everyone else.
On texts, for example, I don’t always use periods or capital letters. Yes, I feel guilty–but I’m in a hurry, so why bother? Does it really matter?
I still use complete sentences, with punctuation, in my emails. Well, except I’ve noticed lately how often I omit the subject pronoun in my sentences: “Got your email. Hope you’re doing well. Don’t have time right now for a long reply.” Emoji emoji, send.
And now hashtags are occurring naturally to me, in the same way that new words heard by young children begin to pop naturally out of their mouths, or new slang expressions, after you’ve heard them used for a while, are suddenly not only used by you, but seem like the only possible way to express that thought or feeling.
I’ve observed people’s hashtags for a while now on Facebook; I’ve been intrigued and entertained by them. There’s something very amusing about a short narrative with a hashtag or two attached, like afterthoughts or side remarks.
So today I tried it myself, and I’m not sure how well I did, but I liked doing it!