Social media lingo is hard to avoid. Telling people to “friend” you on Facebook is pretty common these days – so is “liking” something online. And lately, we’re seeing #hashtags pop up everywhere. Many people still don’t know what they’re used for, but they see them.
The latest sign of the times? Defining something as a “tweetable moment.” WE know what that means, of course – and now your Nana can know too, thanks to Oxford Dictionary.
Beyond tweetable, the Oxford Dictionary added a few new words that may be of interest:
We’ll leave you to puzzle over “dumbphone” and return to “tweetable:”
Oxford defines tweetable as “suitable for sharing on the social media site Twitter.” But is that a good definition? Does that really explain how to use the word “tweetable” to someone who has never used Twitter?
Seems the definition should reference that the “sharing” happens via tweet and that tweets are constrained to 140 characters or less. Maybe it should be “a short phrase, consisting of fewer than 140 characters, suitable for sharing on the social media site Twitter.” Hit the comments with your rewrite if you have further suggestions for the folks at Oxford. (Not that they’re reading this.)
But who really checks Oxford Dictionary anymore anyway? If you search for the latest buzzword, you’re not going to find it there – but you may find it on Dictionary.com and you definitely will on Urban Dictionary.
Which is your default for sleuthing new words? Or do you just pick them up osmotically?
And if you’re curious about how new words are selected for inclusion – check out the Infographic that follows:
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