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un mot-dièse (pluriel : des mots-dièse)

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Definition: hashtag

Le Journal officiel de la République français a proclamé « mot-dièse » la traduction officielle de "hashtag" le 23 janvier 2013. Mais qu'est-ce c'est qu'un mot-dièse ? Il s'agit d'un mot ou d'un groupe de mots qui est précédé du signe # pour indiquer le sujet d'un message sur les réseaux sociaux comme Twitter : #vocabulairefrançais.

France's Journal Officiel proclaimed mot-dièse the official translation of "hashtag" on 23 January 2013. But what is a hashtag? It's one or more words preceded by the # symbol, which indicates a message's subject on social networks like Twitter: #frenchvocabulary.

If you know your French symbols, the official translation of "hashtag" might be a little confusing. Technically, un dièse is the sharp sign ♯ and is used primarily in music. But that's not the same thing as the # on your computer and phone that is used for hashtags; the correct name for this symbol is un croisillon in French. Nevertheless, dièse is commonly used in France, such as on the phone when an automated voice instructs, Tapez dièse - "Press the pound sign."

Related: un mot - word; un dièse - sharp sign; un croisillon - hash sign, number sign, pound sign

(click the little graphic below to hear the Mot du jour pronounced)
Pronunciation: [moh dyez]Audio Link

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