Jan 25, 2013
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French government replaces ‘hashtag’ Twitter term with ‘mot-dièse’
That translates to “sharp-word,” and while citizens of France won’t be forced to switch up their vocabulary anytime soon, the new word will be used in all government documentation and for all official state matters. There is a bit of a problem though; as the Huffington Post points out, mot-dièse alludes to the sharp symbol (♯) but the hashtag is traditionally a right-leaning character (#).

French government replaces ‘hashtag’ Twitter term with ‘mot-dièse’

That translates to “sharp-word,” and while citizens of France won’t be forced to switch up their vocabulary anytime soon, the new word will be used in all government documentation and for all official state matters. There is a bit of a problem though; as the Huffington Post points out, mot-dièse alludes to the sharp symbol (♯) but the hashtag is traditionally a right-leaning character (#).

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    It’s not so bad. In Quebec, the language office suggests “mot-clic” (click-word)…
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    ME GUSTA
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    Right, I love how the French are so protective against the Anglicization of their language, not just from a...
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    Doesn’t the French government have some more important things to attend to? Edit: I forgot how anal the French...
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    #sacre-bleu
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