The social takeover continues. The Oxford English Dictionary announced it will officially recognize “tweetâ€ in its latest update, defining the word as “a posting made on the social networking service Twitter.â€ (As a verb, it’s defined as “to post on Twitter.â€)
It joins several other tech terms, reports The Los Angeles Times, such as “big data,” meaning “computing data of a very large size”; “crowdsourcing,” which is defined as “the practice of obtaining information or services by soliciting input from a large number of people”; “e-reader,” which is a tablet device used for digital books; and redirect, “which is when a URL takes you from one Web page to another.â€
Other non-tech-based words added include fiscal cliff, flash mob, mani-pedi and young adult.
Having announced the additions via the dictionary’s website, Chief Editor of the OED John Simpson admitted that “tweetâ€ breaks at least one of their rules. “Tweet” was added despite not being used for 10 years, which is noted as one of the rules considered before adding a new word.
While it may seem like the recent addition was Twitter’s debut in the OED, it’s not since “re-tweetâ€ was added in 2011. Longtime OED competitor Merriam-Webster added the word “tweetâ€ in its dictionary in August 2011.
Let’s give OED a hand for making the definition less than 140 characters, the limit for a tweet.