Holy Lord, how I wish this weren’t a thing teenagers actually say aloud. It’s like that horrible time when people actually said “LOL” out loud. That’s a texting acronym. It shouldn’t be said aloud, and yet people did.
Anyway, going back to hashtag, yes, people really do say this aloud. It’s become such a common thing due to social media that it’s probably natural for a lot of teenagers to say. For anyone up-to-date with social media, it’s fairly obvious what a hashtag is used for, so I don’t think I need to go into too much detail.
However, used in a sentence, it looks like this: “I nearly got into a car crash! Hashtag YOLO.”
Bonus word: YOLO. Another acronym that people really need to stop using, it stands for “You Only Live Once.” Apparently, teenagers assume it justifies doing pretty crazy things. My preference is the much more effective “YODO,” as in “You Only Die Once.” But that’s more of an inside joke. J
NOTE: There will ALWAYS be exceptions. My experience is simply my experience. So if teenagers around you say/don’t say these things, then by all means, go ahead and use/don’t use them if they fit in your story.
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Kate Bucklein is a clumsy, nineteen-year-old writer of YA epic fantasy living in Northern Arizona, where they really do get snow and the occasional tumbleweed. She's a college sophomore working toward getting her degree in Global Affairs with an emphasis on Intelligence Analysis.
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