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# has many names, including "hash". Using a hash to make a tag word easier to search makes the whole construct a "hashtag".
Because people say things like "check out hashtag 'learn'", people inferred that the
# itself was spoken as "hashtag". This has led to some confusion in certain kinds of discussion.
@calcifer so it is not "pound learn" or "pound gopher?" Voice mail lady wants to know!
@calcifer yes yes YES!
@calcifer Personally I call this character an octothorp because it's cool :)
@calcifer It'll always be "pound" to me
@calcifer If you're at all musical it's "sharp" and always will be. None of this "hash" or "pound" rubbish.
@zigpress sharp is ♯, which is subtly but importantly different than #
Too subtly for my old eyes.
And not importantly enough for those with a life.
@calcifer Also C programmers get confused
@calcifer This is one of the most needlessly-pedantic things I've ever seen holy shit, who cares
@witchfynder_finder what's pedantic about sharing the history of how a term came to be?
In my day, it was called a pound sign. And we liked it! 👵🏽
@calcifer in german we call it "schweinegatter" (pigsty gate)
@eichkat3r huh. Hab nur "Doppelkreuz" gehört.
@eichkat3r (oder "Raute" wenn an Telefontastenfeld)
@calcifer I mean
Words mean what people make them mean
@Yuvalne obviously? That's part of why it's helpful to understand how a term comes into use and where it might lead to confusion -- like in this case, where "hashtag" meaning "#" was the result of inference from another use, leading to "hashtag" meaning two overlapping things.
A bunch of technomancers in the fediverse. Keep it fairly clean please. This arcology is for all who wash up upon it's digital shore.