"Family snuggles are the best, hashtag: so are my parents."
"Hashtag! What do you now about hashtags?!" I asked my eight year old.
As the grin spreads from cheek to cheek she grabs a whiteboard marker and goes into teacher mode with her easel.
"P.S. ia a note you forgot to add and hashtag is an exclamation!" she explains while she writes "#" and "P.S." in purple.
Teacher mode continues, "Hashtags are exclamations. Things like 'ice cream is best' or 'I love Hamilton'. A P.S. is like a note you forgot to write. In order to add it you put 'P.S.' first."
She's never heard of Twitter, yet this third grader has an accurate working knowledge of these literary devices.
I stopped to do some research as I was writing this because I was curious the real history of each of these possibilities.
P.S. originated in the mid 16th century from the Latin post scriptum: after write.
2007 was the first time a # was used on Twitter and three days later a blogger called it a "hashtag". Twitter began hyperlinking hashtags in 2009 and the term reached the Oxford English Dictionary in 2014.
#daughters #parenting #writing
I suppose it makes total sense that my daughter knows what a hashtag is and should be a little more surprising that she has a clue about a P.S.