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Hash (noun): The # symbol on a keyboard or telephone.
Tag (noun): a label or identifying mark.
Hashtag (noun): a word or phrase starting with #, used to group relevant topics on the web.
A brief history of hashtags
-Originated in Internet chatrooms as a way to label conversation topics. #nerds
-Introduced to microblogging site Twitter in 2007. #billionairenerds
-Now used everywhere by everyone, including your mother. #weareallnerds
Tag is a game in which kids aggressively chase and slap each other. #childrenarethefuture
Tagliatelle is a flat noodle invented by Italian gladiator Emporio Armani. #theinternettoldme
The # symbol is called hash in the UK, but pound in the US. Meanwhile the British use pounds instead of dollars. #anglologic.
Hash is also short for hashish, the Arabic word for ‘grass’. Far less addictive than hashtags. #pleasehelpme