‘Tweet’ enters the Oxford English Dictionary

Social media | 19th Jun

The word ‘Tweet’ has officially become a real word after entering the Oxford English Dictionary.

Written by Kaye Neylon

It’s Tweeting official!

The word “Tweet” (a social media term not to be confused with our feathered friends in the sky) is now officially a word.

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, they have added tweet as both a noun and a verb. To explain further, they have provided the following meaning which has been added to the previous bird-related definition:

“To make a posting on the social networking service Twitter. Also: to use Twitter regularly or habitually.”

Cheif Editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, released his comments to the public about the move to add the word in a blog post:

“The noun and verb tweet (in the social-networking sense) has just been added to the OED. This breaks at least one OED rule, namely that a new word needs to be current for ten years before consideration for inclusion. But it seems to be catching on.”

In addition to making amendments in the latest edition, they have also added other popular social media related terms for the words “follow” and “follower.”

Have they gone too far?

Do you think the Oxford English Dictionary has gone too far in adding social media terminology? Or do you think this is a step in the right direction as social media becomes a constant in people’s every day lives and correctly reflects the times?

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