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Oh Joy! New Words!


I don’t know if I should cheer or cringe. In last week’s issue of Time, the Oxford English Dictionary, no less than THE authority on words, added the word tweet to its lexicon.

My dictionary lists tweet as a noun meaning “a chirping note.” OED defines it relative to Twitter.

So, tweet is a noun meaning a post on Twitter and a verb meaning the act of posting to Twitter.

This makes sense, since these uses clearly have entered our normal everyday vocabulary.

However, doesn’t the word post serve the same function? Is tweet considerably more specific? Does it really matter?

Let the debate continue. In the meantime:

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

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July 2, 2013 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , ,

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