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‘Tweet’ trends on OED

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The word ‘tweet’ in the sense of social networking has entered the hallowed pages of the Oxford English Dictionary with the lexicon breaking its rule that a new word needed to be in use for 10 years before inclusion.

“The noun and verb tweet [in the social-networking sense] has just been added to the OED,” said John Simpson, Chief Editor, Oxford English Dictionary.

“This breaks at least one OED rule, namely that a new word needs to be current for 10 years before consideration for inclusion. But it seems to be catching on.”

Though the word “tweet” is already in the OED in relation to bird song, it now has an additional official definition in the June 2013 edition. Interestingly, the OED had added “retweet” as far back as 2011.

Other words to have made an entry are: dad dancing, epic, fiscal cliff, flash mob, follow, geekery, pay day lending, the silent treatment.

Some other technology words include big data, crowdsourcing, e-reader, mouseover, redirect (the noun), and stream (the verb). — PTI


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