It’s either a sign of progress or the mark of a decaying society, but “tweet” (as a social media term) is now officially a word.
The Oxford English Dictionary has added tweet as both a noun and a verb. The following meaning has been added to the previous bird-related definitions: “To make a posting on the social networking service Twitter. Also: to use Twitter regularly or habitually.”
John Simpson, chief editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, had this to say about the move in a blog post
“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.”
The OED had also added social-media-related entries for the words “follow” and “follower.”
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Other words and phrases added to the OED this year include: “flash mob,” “geekery” (in the devotion to pursuits sense), “have a cow,” “big data,” “cludgie,” and “metabolic syndrome.”
Check out the full list at the OED blog