I can't take credit for it. A few weeks ago, my friend Joey Humke (twitter: @humkedance) said, "wouldn't it be awesome if we just started saying the word 'hashtag' when we wanted people to really listen?"
So I have been experimenting with this lately.
One example from this afternoon: Heads up in the parking lot kids! Hashtag,letstrynottogetrunoverbyacartoday. (PS, my kids looked at me and said, "what??")
Benefits to saying the word hashtag, just before something profound.
1. Take that text talk to the next level. Saying BRB, BFF, BTW, or I totally just LOL'd, is so last year. It's time to give your Twitter-life a voice.
2. People will tune in. C'mon everyone is tired of the boring words that come out of your mouth. Spice it up. Remember how you sometimes preface a mind-blowing statement with the word "listen" or "look"? Replace that with the word "hashtag". See how it goes. My hunch is that everyone will worship you.