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New York Times bans the word "Tweet" from paper

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 12 Jun 2010 13:27 User comments (9)

New York Times bans the word "Tweet" from paper The international newspaper The New York Times has announced today that the word "Tweet," used to describe the action of writing a message on Twitter, has been banned from the paper, in print and online.
'Tweet' can of course, still be used to describe the sound a bird makes, notes Phil Corbett, the Times' standards editor, who announced the change. "Someday, 'tweet' may be as common as 'e-mail,'" says Corbett, but for now it is banned "outside of ornithological contexts."

The ban was made because the word tweet, outside of bird noises, isn't "standard English and standard English is what we should use in news articles," adds Corbett.

Additionally, Corbett says that not everyone uses or has even heard of Twitter and therefore may not be familiar with the new use of the word "tweet."

How will The NY Times describe tweets now? "Let's look for deft, English alternatives: use Twitter, post to or on Twitter, write on Twitter, a Twitter message, a Twitter update. Or, once you've established that Twitter is the medium, simply use 'say' or 'write.' "

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9 user comments

112.6.2010 14:42

This just in: Twitter bans the phrase 'New York Times'.

212.6.2010 14:58

it is a private newspaper so do whatever they want. I don't "tweet" anyway and it is stupid how these phrases come and go like some middle school girls' typing away on their IM's.

312.6.2010 18:37

"standard english" what do yanks know about the English language??

412.6.2010 22:22

Originally posted by elbald90:
"standard english" what do yanks know about the English language??
haha right on lol :)

513.6.2010 4:05

Quote:
Additionally, Corbett says that not everyone uses or has even heard of Twitter and therefore may not be familiar with the new use of the word "tweet."

I really lol'ed at this (for real)
I imagined my late grandfather reading about someone tweeting in newspaper!

613.6.2010 22:47

once you've established that Twitter is the medium, simply use 'say' or 'write.'

Said and Written, Mr.Corbett.

717.6.2010 13:31

Those who tweet are a bunch of twits.

817.6.2010 21:37

Could we ban the use of the words "tweet" and "twitter" from the internet also, please?

918.6.2010 10:31

Originally posted by elbald90:
"standard english" what do yanks know about the English language??
For real! All the yanks do is eliminate "u" from certain words and put in a "z" because of how it sounds ...

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