I do not “tweet.”

The New York Times does not "tweet."

Apparently The New York Times doesn’t use the word “tweet” anymore because “outside of ornithological contexts, ‘tweet’ has not yet achieved the status of standard English. And standard English is what we should use in news articles.”

I love The New York Times but this is ridiculous. Since when is something as colloquial as “tweet” not considered standard English…particularly in the media which relies on Twitter so much? I just don’t get it. But I agree.

So The New York Times has a Twitter account but does not “tweet.” The New York Times “posts to Twitter,” “uses Twitter,” “writes on Twitter” or “has a Twitter update,” but they do not “tweet.”

Ever since I joined Twitter and “tweet” became a popular word I’ve hated it. I refuse to say that I “tweeted.” I, like The New York Times, “post on Twitter” and “update Twitter.”

“Tweet” is not in the AP Stylebook and it’s not yet in the dictionary as meaning anything other than the sound a bird makes. Until it is The New York Times and I will not and shall not “tweet.”


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