In the latest testament to Twitter’s growing importance in the modern world, the Oxford English Dictionary has recognized one very significant aspect of the micro-blogging social network by adding the word ‘retweet’ to its 12th edition.
The OED is celebrating its 100th anniversary, and in an effort to prove they’re still quite capable of keeping up with ‘what’s happening’ (thank you very much) they have included Twitter’s share functionality in their latest tome, describing it as:
verb: (on a social networking service Twitter) repost or forward (a message posted by another user)
Pitching itself as a word curator that had always “sought primarily to cover the language of its own time,” the team behind the OED stated that, “These additions are just carrying on the tradition of a dictionary that has always sought to be progressive and up to date.”
Other words to be included in the 12th edition include sexting, cyberbullying, woot and textspeak.
Of course, the retweet wasn’t actually invented by Twitter – it was initiated and popularized entirely by the platform’s users. The first-ever retweet has been credited to Eric Rice (@spin), back in April 2007, and Twitter introduced their own version of the retweet in 2009 (to much chagrin).
Still, Twitter: you’ve come a long way in five years, baby.
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