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Monday word: octothorpe

octothorpe (ŏk′tə-thôrp′) noun

Another term for the pound symbol or hash sign (#).

Etymology:  coined in the 1960s by researchers at Bell Labs.

Watchers of @Midnight know that the show has a recurring bit called "hashtag wars".
Last week they did a retro 80s episode - complete with dial-up sounds - and replaced "hashtag wars" with "pound sign wars", a.k.a. "octothorpe wars".
(Rather than texting your contributions to the night's theme, you could fax them.)
For us old-timers, it was an amusing episode.
Tags: noun, o, wordsmith: ersatz_read
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