‘Tweet’ Added To Oxford English Dictionary


Oxford English Dictionary adds the word Tweet

The Oxford English Dictionary has decided to celebrate the social network Twitter by adding the word tweet to its long and storied collection of English-based words.

According to Oxford English Dictionary editor John Simpson:

“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.”

An increasing number of technology based words have been making their ways into the dictionary. Other new tech words include big data, crowdsourcing, e-reader, mouseover, redirect as a noun and stream as a verb.

In all fairness the word “Tweet” was already included to mean “the chirp of a small or young bird.”

The new posting now reads that it can also mean “a posting made on the social media website Twitter:he started posting tweets via his cell phone to let his parents know he was safe.

Oxford lists a retweet as “a reposted or forwarded message on Twitter:traffic spiked quickly and contained a mix of retweets and original posts.

Do you think the word Tweet deserves to be included in the Oxford English Dictionary in terms of Twitter use?


James Kosur

James Kosur has worked in the new media space for the last 10 years, helping many publications build their audiences to millions of monthly readers. He currently serves as the Director of Business Development at Business2Community.com and the CEO of Aven Enterprises LLC.

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  1. I can't say that I am surprised with this one. It is kinda crazy how quick that they added it to the dictionary though. I mean 20 years ago, people barely had access to the internet, now internet based words are filling up our dictionaries!