Dictionaries starting to recognize Twitter terms?

July 5, 2009

In the past few weeks, several news reports have documented how some  mainstream dictionaries are monitoring Twitter terms, perhaps for future inclusion in their online and/or print publications. Does this mean that Twitter is morphing from ‘new shiny’ to ‘mainstream’? Or is it just part of the normal role of lexicographers who watch how language is being used? I guess only time will tell if Twitter is just another flash in the pan.

For example, “RT this: OUP Dictionary Team monitors Twitterer’s tweets” from the Oxford University Press USA blog (http://blog.oup.com/2009/06/oxford-twitter/ where they discuss some of their findings from monitoring close on 1.5 million Tweets since January 2009.

And Twitter has made it into the 2009 edition of the AP Stylebook: http://www.ap.org/pages/about/pressreleases/pr_061109a.html

Aside: For a list of some of the abbreviations used on Twitter, see this Twitter FAQ from Brent Ozar: http://www.brentozar.com/archive/2008/08/twitter-101/

[Links last checked June 2009]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: