Verbal Hashtags

I’m currently in the throes of writing a first draft for my final Grammar & Language essay.  The assignment is to write a long paper on a particular use of the English language, making a claim and defending it using the grammar rules we have learned throughout the semester.

My essay is on the way hashtags have made the jump from Twitter to everyday conversations.  For example, a friend came up to me and said, “I’m like hashtag blessed all the time”.  Why is this a thing?  How do statements like these work grammatically?  I’m determined to find out.

I’m enjoying the assignment immensely, but that’s mostly because I get to watch things like this for school

For the paper, though, I’d love some public opinions about the usage of verbal hashtags.  Are they appropriate?  If so, when?  If not, why?  Let me know in the comments!  Opinions are deeply appreciated!

One thought on “Verbal Hashtags

  1. Britta December 1, 2014 / 9:13 pm

    Ah, good luck with your usage paper. Been there, done that, it’s not that bad. 🙂
    I have a few friends who use verbal hashtags occasionally, though it’s not something I hear regularly. I, myself, use them very occasionally when I’m being facetious. I use them pretty sparingly on the web as it is (personal preference), and they’re not a major part of my vernacular, written or spoken. Every now and then though, I’ll use one verbally, usually to overtly express an amusing point. I guess, hashtags in general aren’t something I take very seriously just because I don’t really get them (but really, how the heck did the pound sign end up with this strange and confusing fate that has become so entirely socially acceptable?), which is why I usually only ever use them in humorous situations.
    By the way, you are free to use any part of this reply in your paper if you find it useful!

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