And so it happened this week: The Oxford English Dictionary officially updated its definition of the word ‘tweet’ to mean more than the chirp of a baby bird. As it turns out, humans can ‘tweet,’ too. The dictionary’s latest edition now includes a tweet to mean “a posting made on the social media website Twitter.”
The wordsmiths at Oxford say at least one of their rules was broken in this case, the one that says “a new word needs to be current for 10 years before consideration...” But was anyone really surprised? Considering how Twitter has skyrocketed since its introduction in 2006 by St. Louisan Jack Dorsey, it’s hard to imagine a world without it these days.
Speaking of building a following, I’m happy to report that Ladue News has surpassed the 2,000-follower mark on Twitter since we began tweeting. On a related note, we will soon reach 5,800 ‘likes’ on Facebook. Through these platforms, we’ve found that our readers like to be ‘in the know,’ even before LN hits the stands. Have you joined us yet?