A few weeks ago I posted a blog about the impact social media and networks was having on the dictionary. With words such as “re-tweet” being officially recognised as a daily term and added to the infamous Oxford Dictionary, social media has made waves in the use of language.
Twitter, more so than any other network, offers a great array of new words and phrases never before heard.
How many of you have signed into Twitter in the morning and tweeted something along the lines of…
“Good Morning Tweetverse!”
“Tweetverse” or “TwitterVerse”… Yes, this is a well known and seen Twitter word, for some reason. Who knew that Twitter would become so massive, so strong, so fast, that it would spin off it’s online axis and create it’s own universe complete with its own orbiting ”tweeple” glued to their computers and phones tweeting all day making up stupid words like that. What ever happened to saying a general hello without making up ludicrous words? Yes, I understand it’s a tweet and it’s on Twitter and directed to other Twitter users, but you wouldn’t walk through the streets shouting out, “Good morning real world!” for the simple fact that you would be considered insane. And rightly so. So why do it online?
“Tweeps” and/or “Tweeple”. This is a mix of that equally as annoying “modern” language you hear the kids with jeans hanging off their backside saying and Twitter language. “Peeps” and Twitter users enrolled into one. This one is a little more understandable than Tweetverse as you are targeting Twitter users and not making them into their own intergalactic species but still an annoying term none the less. Just because you tweet occasionally, doesn’t mean you are defined by tweeting.
“Twisticuffs” is an up and comer to. People fighting over Twitter entwined with that aged old English phrase for fighting- “fisty cuffs”. Even bickering over Twitter has it’s own unique definition now.
“Twagiarism”- This is, quite simply, a plagiarised tweet. So tweeting an idea, a thought or an expression which is not your own but taken from someone else. In fact, this landed Miss Universe contestant, Vasuki Sunkavalli in trouble very recently. Tweeting political comments she was watching on the news.
I am not alone in my distaste for all Twitter related jargon.
It’s not universally popular though – the book Twitter for Dummies notes “many avid users actually find [tw- words] rather annoying”.
Decline In Language
I do understand that this is all light hearted use of language on a particular network. This article isn’t so much about the fun use of these words on a light hearted day, but the sad decline in language as a whole and how this sort of thing does not necessarily help. Gone are the days where you can write a letter with the correct words. “Was” is now “Woz”, which it’s stupid as it’s harder to type and still has the same number of letters. “Innit” has replaced “Isn’t it?” “Da” has replaced “The”, in fact, the list goes on. This poor decline is what the next generation of children will be accustomed to. I think it’s a sad fact that language standards have fallen. Maybe it’s just evolved, like many things in time but it does make people sound silly, or at the very least, unprofessional at times.
~ Articles mentioned in this post: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-14785537
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