Discussion in 'Dictionary Additions' started by Nunty, Dec 22, 2009.

  1. Nunty

    Nunty Modified

    Hebrew-US English (bilingual)
    Term: (A word or expression you have seen in writing)

    tweet (noun, verb)

    Your definition or explanation:

    Noun: A brief message posted on
    Verb: The act of posting such a message.

    Example: (An example of the term in use)

    Noun: Until this year, Twitter had little revenue, let alone profit. But the company attracted millions of users to its free service, which lets [users] post and read 140-character messages, known as tweets.

    Verb: At 6:12, she tweeted: "Please pray like never before, my 2 yr old fell in the pool."

    One or more places you have seen the term: (Please give URLs/links to web pages, or a full description of a print publication.)



    Have you looked for this term or meaning in dictionaries, and not found it? Yes :tick:
  2. bibliolept

    bibliolept Senior Member

    Northern California
    AE, Español
    An allied term, echoing others like "bloggerati" is "twitterati," referring to, apparently, the cream of the tweeters, the stars in the twitter firmament.
  3. Not.A.Linguist Member

    New York
    American Dialect Society (ADS) have voted 'tweet' as 2009's top word.
  4. swift

    swift Senior Member

    Spanish – Costa Rica (Valle Central)
    I have also read, and used, "tweet" as a verb. Sometimes twitterers send direct messages to other people who follow them to say thanks. "Thanks for the follow and nice to Tweet you" is a common greeting in the Twitterers slang.
  5. sdgraham

    sdgraham Senior Member

    Oregon, USA
    USA English
    "Tweet" has made it into the AP Stylebook, i.e. the style guide for virtually all American newspapers.
  6. swift

    swift Senior Member

    Spanish – Costa Rica (Valle Central)
    I think there's another use of the verb:

    - I read the news of Mike's wedding this morning on Twitter.
    - I don't tweet.

    Here, "tweet" means "to use Twitter".

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