Saturday, June 12, 2010

So it is Written...

No, the news isn't that someone painted their nails in celebration of Twitter (though the girl at The Daily Nail definitely did).  The news is of Great Success.  It would seem that New York Times standards editor, Phil Corbett has sent out a memo to staff writers asking them to avoid use of the terms "Twitter" and "tweet" as verbs in reference to Twitter posts.  Corbett points out that these terms are not standard English and I'm pretty sure we're on the same page, because my stuffy English major old lady brain has a small aneurysm every time I find "tweet" and "Twitter" in my news sources.  Corbett instead proposes the obvious alternates: "“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.” [Source]   Hilarious. 

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