Tweet in Italian: the Twitter translation project keeps on growing
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Twitter: Most Popular Word of 2009
It beats "Obama", "unemployed" and "vampire" to the top spot.
Twitter enters Collins English Dictionary
The word Twitter is to appear in the forthcoming Collins English Dictionary as both a verb and a noun:
Twitter – verb: to write short messages on the Twitter website.
Twitter – noun: a website where people can post short messages about their current activities.
The word Twitterati, which refers to the elite users of Twitter, such as Stephen Fry and Ashton Kutcher who attract a large following, will also be entered as will Twitterverse which defines the whole Twitter phenomenon.
Elaine Higgleton, Collins editorial director, said: “Hardly a day goes by when you don’t see some Twitter-related article. Hence I find it entirely unsurprising that this year we have not one Twitter-related entry in the dictionary, but three.”
Every year we see these sorts of stories where the latest fad phrases are entered into the dictionary and every year I get a bit annoyed. Yogalates was added last year. Yogalates. sigh.
I suppose Twitter is a valid entry – but Twitterati and Twitterverse? What’s the point?
(via The Telegraph)
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