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Welcome to Twictionary - a dictionary for Twitter!

 A repository for all sorts of manglings of the English language as used on Twitter.

 

Please help contribute to this page.  Send a direct message to twitter user ahockley or verso with your e-mail address (or just send an e-mail to ahockley@gmail.com) to be given permissions.

 

For now, this is going to be one big wiki page.  Please add entries below as you discover or invent them.  If you have a link to the first usage Tweet, all the better!  You can use SUMMIZE to search for the first usage Tweet.

 

Twitter Definitions (words evolved from Twitter):

Term

Definition First Used Tweet if known or best guess

retweet or re-tweet repeat + tweet: forwarding or re-posting of another's or one's own previous twitter post insanity_rocks
switch twitter Person maintaining multiple Twitter accounts toddmintz
twacklist Twitter + blacklist after The Twitter Blacklist
twacklog A backlog of tweets ahockley
twammer Twitter + spammer: someone that follows many people and post updates with links to web sites akin to those found in spam e-mails. martinbowling

twat

Person behind spam Twitter acct verso
twavatar Twitter avatar (user icon) xolotl?
twawkward Being awkward on Twitter ahockley
tweaten What happens to a tweet when Twitter (or a client app) eats it sarahgilbert
tweeotches Twitter + biotches (slang for bitches) monkchips
tweeps Twitter + peeps (friends) ?
tweet n: single message seen on Twitter, v: act of posting to Twitter ?
tweetheart(s) Twitter + Sweetheart(s) possibly MailOurMilitary
tweetup Twitter + meetup: a gathering of folks based on a twitter conversation (often impromptu) ?
tweezure Twitter seizure verso
tweople/tweeple Twitter + people ?
twerminology the study of Twitter terminology xolotl
twetiquette Twitter + etiquette: rules (still very much in development) for constructing and responding to "tweets" n3m6 (?)
twhater A person who thinks Twitter is dumb rstevens
twhither/twither to ask/tell where one is going via Twitter xolotl
twiend Twitter + friend: you follow them and they follow you. kathrynjones
twinsight

A new insight realized via Twitter.

selenamarie
twitter squatter A person holding on to a twitter username in hope of some personal gain.
"i'm in ur twitr waitin 4 u"
 
twitterati Twitter + literati (Origin is literati; the literary intelligentsia or educated class). possibly Susan Tenby
twitterfam an online term of endearment for your followers possibly geekycybermom
twitterluia Twitter + halleluia: an expression used when something verging on the miraculous has taken place and Twitter was there to see it happen. possibly davidcosand
twittermentia Being unable to remember prior to the last thing posted on Twitter selenamarie
twollector Twitter + collector: someone that follows as many others as they can, seemingly valuing the total number collected. strandloper
twollower

Twitter + follower: someone that follows you.  If you followed them too they would be twiends.

dkr

 

Other Terms (not from Twitter but often seen):

Term Definition Source
DIAF short for Die In A Fire (presumably because there is an extra toasty spot reserved for them where they're going)  
FTW For The Win, enthusiasm or recommendation  
FTL For The Loss, complaint or disapproval  
LMK Let Me Know  
meatup A gathering (meetup) to eat steak ahockley
OH Overheard  
#word Used to "tag" a tweet for tracking topics or events. Follow @hashtags to make sure your tags get aggregated. hashtags
@name Addresses a tweet to a specific user or mentions them  

* Edit note: To add a line to the table, right click the row and choose row, then insert row (before or after depending). Let's try to keep it as alphabetical as possible, shall we?

 

 

This page started on a whim by @ahockley and is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike license.

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