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the hashtag parenthetical

There have been a lot of weird emergent side-effects of twitter’s unique 140 character limit, e.g. the viral spread of @[name] as reply shorthand. I think one of the more bizarre, though, is the nameless phenomenon that I am now calling the “hashtag parenthetical”.. What is a hashtag parenthetical?

This is a good example of a hashtag parenthetical. #maybenot #badexample #usuallyfunnier

It’s this emergent form of derived humor by adding in a hashtag on twitter what would, in a more traditional form of writing, be placed in a parenthetical of some sort. But I see it cropping up all over the place lately. Weird, isn’t it?