June 18th, 2013
01:54 AM ET

Dictionary acknowledges humans can tweet, too

The Oxford English Dictionary has finally gotten around to acknowledging that tweeting isn't just for the birds.

In its latest update, the dictionary that describes itself as "the accepted authority on the evolution of the English language over the last millennium" has revamped the entry for "tweet" to include its social networking usage.

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    The Oxford English Dictionary is logically the authority to accept regarding the language, especially as USA citizens' English accelerates in its fall of standards, aesthetics, and power to communicate with clarity.

    June 18, 2013 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Almost every "tweet" of USA origin is a perfect example of the tragedy of American English.
    See "express myself."

    June 18, 2013 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    Hows that old song go? Rockin Robin. Lol

    June 18, 2013 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  4. bobcat (in a hat)©

    @ chriisy
    You beat me to it. I was just going to ask what is the big deal about tweeting ? Shoot, we were tweeting decades ago. Here's the proof.

    He rocks in the tree tops all day long
    Hoppin' and a-boppin' and a-singing his song
    All the little birds on Jaybird Street
    Love to hear the robin go tweet tweet tweet

    Rockin' robin (Tweet x 3)
    Rockin' robin (Tweet, tweedle-lee-dee)
    Go rockin' robin
    'Cause we're really gonna rock tonight
    (Tweet, tweedle-lee-dee)

    June 18, 2013 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    Tweety start of the day for shoer (sure),thanks@Chrissy@bobcat

    June 18, 2013 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    we Americans would rather get by with minimum stress on grammar, diction,vocabulary & such -waste of time.

    June 18, 2013 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    For those that say that a word cannot be added or redefined, here is proof.
    Perhaps marriage will be next.

    June 18, 2013 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat


    June 18, 2013 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  9. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Lazy grammar can be fun sometimes. Like one might say,

    What exactly are you referring to ?

    And another might say,

    What cha talkin' bout Willis ?

    June 18, 2013 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      A nod to the "Facts of Life".
      I am more formal when I write. There are some words I will not use, either in written or spoken form; there are a few words that grate on my nerves. Not telling which, either.

      June 18, 2013 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. saywhat

    i'm a gonna go with the second one? sounds more familiar @bobcat.Thanks

    June 18, 2013 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  11. bobcat (in a hat)©

    I'm with you on that saywhat. While I have had a number of opportunities to rub elbows with some top brass, so to speak, I am very much more a blue collar type.
    So actually it depends on what crowd I'm running with at a given time on which speech gradient I use.

    June 18, 2013 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  12. saywhat

    'Depends on what crowd i'm running with' , agree.

    June 18, 2013 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  13. wut

    I still got nothin for this useless article. Time for more empty-headed filler! Coming right up!

    June 18, 2013 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    Lol i dont know about you @ bobcat, but i was singing and humming that song all day yesterday. And @ banasy, marriage isnt in the dictionary? Seriously? No wonder im against it lol.

    June 19, 2013 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  15. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Aw, c'mon CNN. It's too early to start all this blocking. Especially on a simple and innocent response to chrissy.

    June 19, 2013 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
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