If you don’t know what an Octothorpe is, you probably don’t need to feel bad. The word doesn’t appear in my Oxford Canadian Dictionary (I expected it somewhere between octosyllable and octroi–but alas! nothing!) but good old Wikipedia had it here.
In an article in the National Post this morning, Robert Fulford tells the story of “How Twitter saved the Octothorpe.” Indeed, GQ magazine has dubbed the octothorpe the “symbol of the year”!
Probably a lot of us know the octothorpe as the “number symbol” or the “pound key” on our phones. On Twitter it is now known as a “hashtag.” And for those of you still puzzled, it is the symbol below (and not to be confused with the “sharp” sign or diese in music, which slants to the left!).
Oh, and if I had a Twitter account (I don’t), I think I’d categorize this rather “longish” (certainly more than 140 characters!) post under a new category: #Fun.