[Ads-l] "#blacklivesmatter"

David Daniel david at COARSECOURSES.COM
Mon Jan 19 15:30:59 UTC 2015

If this has already made the rounds here and I missed seeing it, then sorry.
It would seem to be the official wordification of the ADS WOTY.

"But anything can take a hashtag, and dictionary-makers aren't going to
include "#dictionary" next to "dictionary", "#lexicography" next to
"lexicography", and so on. Something has to change in the real world for
"hashtagification" to lead to word-hood. Does "#blacklivesmatter" mean more
than "black lives matter"? Yes: it means that a huge number of people have
woken up to the callous treatment by American police (and other security
forces) of many of their black fellow-citizens."
-#BlackLivesMatter, The Economist, January 15, 2015


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