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Proud parents name child 'Hashtag'?

For reasons that seem less than entirely obvious, the parents of a little girl apparently decide to give her a unique moniker. And it isn't Monica.

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The sad conventions of society demand that the world is populated by Peters, Pauls, and Marys.

This is nothing more than lamb-like conformism. Better to be one of the crowd than one endowed with a name like "Bannister."

So I find myself doffing my cap and lowering my quiff on hearing that a pair of proud parents have allegedly refused to bow to convention. They appear to have named their child after something that creates a new convention: Hashtag.

Awkward Messages spotted this phenomenon and promulgated it with glee.

For an announcement on Facebook declared: "Hashtag Jameson was born at 10 oclock last nite. She weys 8pounds and I luv her so much!!!!!!"

It was accompanied by a picture of a very serene little child.

Being of wrinkled eye, I naturally wondered whether this could possibly be real. There is no sure way of knowing.

Certain doubts do creep across one's mind. For example, if this lovely little thing's parents were somehow enamored of Twitter, why would they announce the child's birth on Facebook, yet no evidence of a tweeted announcement has appeared?

And the spelling in the announcement suggests a slight lack of skills or an excess of Bushmills.

But who wouldn't dream of a mom one day screaming: "Hash, take out the trash!!"? Or, perhaps: "Tag, you're a drag."

You will be stunned into renaming your firstborn "Sanity" when I tell you that the Twitter hashtag #Hashtag is already vibrating with commentary on this subject.

Sample, from 4030Lisa: "A couple named their child #hashtag? Call protective services because that's just cruel, not cute, not funny & too soon, won't be relevant."

Or this, from tweeter Dr. Phillips: "Woman names child #HASHTAG "Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former." --Einstein."

Unless these alleged parents appear on the "Today Show" and live-tweet the whole thing, I shall remain skeptical that Hashtag Jameson is a real human being.