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Did #FoolishParents name a child Hashtag?

It would appear that such is the case, unfortunately

By Paul McNamara on Tue, 11/27/12 - 12:04pm.

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One would hope that this is a hoax, because the alternative is that an 8-pound newborn baby girl has entered this world burdened by the name Hashtag.

Although as you'll see in a moment, burden is in the eye of the beholder.

An alleged Facebook photo of the purported baby Hashtag was apparently posted to a site called Awkward Messages, which is devoted to collecting such treasures. It reads: "Hashtag Jameson was born at 10 oclock last nite. She weys 8 pounds and I luv her so much!!!!!!"

If that message was from one of the parents, then I suppose we cannot rule out the possibility that Hashtag is a misspelling of some type.

Meanwhile, Hashtag Jameson's parents (so far out of the limelight) are taking a predictable drubbing for their name choice.

Not from all quarters, however. Chris Messina - father of the lowercase hashtag; he literally coined the word -- prefers to look at the upside for the youngster: "I don't know who she is, but I'm happy to welcome #Jameson  to the world," Messina, who works at Google, wrote on Google+ in reply to my prompting. "I suppose this way they'll never need to secure their username on any future social network; they'll always just be #Jameson ! ;)"

Here is Messina's welcome photo, adopted from Gizmodo's harsher assessment.

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I suppose it #CouldBeWorse.