What’s in a Hashtag? : A look at telephone terms changing over time

What’s in a Hashtag? : A look at telephone terms changing over time

What’s in a Hashtag? : A look at telephone terms changing over time

Last Monday, we have previously shared on our Facebook Page one of the most commonly used telephony symbols: #. To date, the pound sign is now used in reference to topics discussed online (especially twitter) and it makes searching easier for anyone who wants to keep up on the topic. In fact, Oxford English Dictionary added the term hashtag only last June 10, 2016 but before calling the “ # “ a hashtag or the pound sign, it was previously called octothorp.

The octohorp is not the only one that changed its term over time. In various instances the * on the keyboard has been changed from the Asterisk to the Star key. In select regions, the asterisk (*) was referred to as a “sextile.”

In the advent of maximizing communication processes in businesses with key decision makers located in various locations, conference calls are happening more often. Before voice conference calls happened, it was called a Party Line. The party line is defined as “a single telephone circuit connecting two or more subscribers with the exchange” – much in the same way as how we define conference calls today.

Unlike the terms above, some telephone terms and services are becoming obsolete as the technology keeps on changing. With the growing use of mobile devices, dial tones are no longer becoming necessary; Paging was changed to an SMS. In the advent of cheaper long distance and VoIP calls, collect call services are almost phased out.

 

References:

http://time.com/2870942/hashtag-oed-oxford-english-dictionary/

http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2011/06/the-symbol-on-the-pound-or-number-key-is-also-called-an-octothorpe/

http://www.merriam-webster.com/

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