The social media meaning of the word “tweet” is now officially in the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). As per the entry, the transitive or intransitive verb “tweet” refers to the act of posting on Twitter, whereas the noun means a post on the same website.
John Simpson, chief editor of the Oxford English Dictionary notes that the word had been added, despite the language authority’s general rule that words less than ten years in usage should not be added yet to the dictionary. The word “tweet” was considered to be an exception.
“Tweet” has been in use since 2006, which was when the social media website Twitter was launched.
In the dictionary entry, the Oxford English Dictionary includes several actual instances of the word’s use from various sources including the blog NevOn, the New York Times Magazine, the publications Church Times and East Valley Tribune, and the book Girl’s Best Friend by L. Margolis, among others.
Along with “tweet,” the social media meaning of “follower” is a new addition, as well. “Follower” is defined as a person who follows a person or a group, among others, by means of a social media website or app.
Likewise, “crowdsourcing,” or the asking of support via data or services from Internet users, has been added, as well.
“Mouseover,” meanwhile, refers to moving the mouse pointer on an element of a UI or a website. It also means an event that is brought about by the act of moving the pointer over such element.
Other recent inclusions to the Oxford English dictionary are geekery, fascinator, dad dancing, the silent treatment, epic, flash mob, pay day loan, and fiscal cliff.
The decision to include the social media meaning of tweet despite the fact that it had not been in use for a decade yet could be a precedent for the dictionary’s editors to add more recent tech-related words.