If you’re not on Twitter that will mean nothing to you. Even if you are on Twitter it might not mean very much.
It’s a hashtag, obviously, and it stands for “this tweet refers to the previous tweet”.
Like Robyn Gallagher, who has written on its extraneous charms on her blog, I took a while to work out what #ttrttpt meant. I thought at first it was a kind of drum-roll. Others have mistaken it for an expressive fart, or whistle, or similar.
It seems it was invented – with tongue tucked in cheek – by Christchurch writer and poet Megan Clayton. Though Jake Quinn offers an alternative provenance.
Whatever. Certainly it was born in New Zealand – and remains an almost exclusively (though widespread) New Zealand hashtag, usually employed with a New Zealand whimsy.
The best thing, I reckon, about #ttrttpt is that it lets you see a series of second halves, or afterthoughts, floating together, free of context.
Here, for example, is a collection of tweets referring to previous tweets – drawn entirely from last week’s tweets tagged #ttrttpt. A found doggerel, call it.
#ttrttpt – found Twitter doggerel
Storified by Toby Manhire · Thu, Aug 16 2012 23:15:48
@linuxrants Inertial, obviously, not touchscreen. #ttrtptLawrence D’Oliveiro
#ttrtpt #conspiracyReed Fleming
AND MULDOON AGAIN #ttrtptChristian Hermansen
Anything less than the best is a felony #ttrtptAli Ikram
I want crown lynn #ttrtptawkward orchid
10 December 2007 #ttrtptAndrea
Also get off my lawn #ttrtptHenry Cooke
And they had panadol on the shelf which expired January 2011 #ttrtptDwayno 815
He then goes on to talk about legal personhood for monkeys under hindu law #ttrtptNick Cross
And…. I think it’s gone… #TTRTPTadoxography_
You so want to invite me to yours for afternoon tea now. #ttrtptGWK
C-bomb. #ttrtptRajy S
funnily enough it’s that filling that is cracked #ttrtptAliCopeman
It is currently a rescue mission #ttrtptEd Swift
…But Oasis always sucked. #ttrtptSam
(It’s on the WRC funding situation #ttrtpt)Henry Cooke
Ok ok I deserved that. I’m the worst. #ttrtptTangerina
Can someone tell me what ttrpt means? #ttrtptCameron McNabb
As opposed to a traditional slow cyclist. #ttrtptWheeled Pedestrian
Or I could just leave it on the washing machine. #ttrtptVaughn Davis
Postscript/Update: It’s been pointed out to me that I searched for #ttrtpt, rather than #ttrttpt. Which is a bit daft. But buggered if I’m going to do the whole thing over again.