Oxford English Dictionary learns what 'tweet' means

17th Jun 2013 | 18:55

Oxford English Dictionary learns what 'tweet' means

The OED broke all the rules for this one

Did you think that "tweet" was the sound a bird makes? How quaint.

Everyone, including the Oxford English Dictionary, knows that "tweet" is what you do on Twitter.

It will be added in the June 2013 edition of the dictionary, presumably in both noun ("a tweet") and verb ("to tweet") forms.

In a blog post that deals primarily with exploring the many thousands of definitions of the word "head," OED Chief Editor John Simpson writes that the inclusion of the word tweet "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."

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