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March 29, 2013

It's time to retire the octothorp

(Continued)

Just kidding. I gave up the violin way before college. But seriously, the dreams were horrid.

Then the Internet came along and all the little symbols in the universe took on a new life.

Now I know what you're thinking: "Did she seriously graduate from college before the Internet came along?" But that is not the point of the story, so you need to focus.

Like I said, all the symbols adopted new meanings with the advent of computer programming and the Internet. I discovered that the symbol is actually called an "octothorp." That sounds pretty creepy to me. I can see that in a horror movie: "Attack of the Octothorp." It would star Paris Hilton, Jamie Lee Curtis, and introducing Joe Biden as the Octothorp! Gah! I'm being chased by an octothorp!

Where was I?

Next up came social media and the # once again got a new life. Now it's called a hashtag and it's more irritating than ever. Supposedly, using the symbol before a word or phrase links similar posts on Twitter and other social media sites. Worse, people are starting to use it in everyday conversations which, much like every speech given by Joe Biden, serves no discernable purpose whatsoever.

It's the final straw. I say death to all hashtag-number-pound-sharp-theend-tictactoe octothorps! Let's face it, # has had a long life and a lot of jobs. It's time to retire it.

Let the nightmare end.

- Rebecca Todd is a freelance writer and the author of the book "What's the Point?" available at booklocker.com. Contact her at btodd@tds.net.

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