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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.  This wiki is editable by anyone with a PBWiki account (and they accept OpenID, so you don't need to worry about keeping track of yet another username/password).  Please log in and contribute or enhance the content... thanks!


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):


Definition First Used Tweet if known or best guess

egotwistical Tending to talk excessively about oneself on Twitter 4braham
pleshette-ed Pecked to death (as by Suzanne Pleshette in "The Birds") by replies on Twitter hodgman
switch twitter Person maintaining multiple Twitter accounts toddmintz
twacklist Twitter + blacklist after The Twitter Blacklist
twacklog A backlog of tweets ahockley



Twitter + spammer: someone that follows many people and post updates with links to web sites akin to those found in spam e-mails. martinbowling
twandle Twitter + handle: A Twitter username ("Hey man, what's your twandle?") kopper
twang A tweet from someone in the South. ("Right nice twang y'all posted there, @billybob.")  


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
twedia Media on Twitter (e.g. @nytimes, @bbcnews, etc.)  
tweeotches Twitter + biotches (slang for bitches) monkchips
tweeps Twitter + peeps (friends) ?
tweet n: single message seen on Twitter, v: act of posting to Twitter ?

tweeting out       


Saying goodbye and logging off Twitter

Twitter + Sweetheart(s)


possibly MailOurMilitary




"an effect of compulsive posting of tweets, causes excessive compression of thoughts to fit 140 characters"

Twitter + meetup: a gathering of folks based on a twitter conversation (often impromptu)




tweezure Twitter seizure verso
tweople/tweeple Twitter + people ?
twequilibrium When your number of followers exactly matches the number of people you follow DavidFeng
twerminology the study of Twitter terminology xolotl
twerp Anyone who doesn't play nice on Twitter.  
twhater A person who thinks Twitter is dumb rstevens
twhither/twither to ask/tell where one is going via Twitter xolotl

Twitter + friend: you follow them and they follow you.

twiller A thriller written via Twitter Matt Richtel, New York Times blogger

A new insight realized via Twitter. Also: an incident in which two people post the exact same

tweet at the exact same time.

twissues When twitter application has problems, is broken. 
(It could have an alternate meaning: a person who thinks twitter is dumb or doesn't get twitter's usefulness and disparages those who use twitter could be called a twater (twitter hater), but they could also have twitter issues, or twissues.)
twitcrush Declaring a crush on another twitter user.  
twitter squatter A person holding on to a twitter username in hope of some personal gain.
"i'm in ur twitr waitin 4 u"


A debate, usually political, between two or more parties on Twitter. Usually results in severe follower loss.  
twitterati Twitter + literati (Origin is literati; the literary intelligentsia or educated class). possibly Susan Tenby
twittercane Twitter + hurricane: an overwhelming, swirling vortex of tweets which often leaves those it passes feeling drenched and disheveled. it was davidcosand
twitterdipity Happening to see or send a tweet that helps you or another tweeter via links, info, connecting, etc. (serendipity) @mediaChick @brampitoyo
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
twitterpuff AKA twitpuff - A person who uses Twitter to grandstand or pat themselves on the back for their accomplishments; as in puffing themselves up. (ex. "Just finished biking 65 miles, off to swim 100 laps in the pool - it's hard work shaping the perfect body.") See also egotwistical. @tsauce
twitterrhea A high volume, unpleasant and - occasionally - messy blast of tweets. Can sometimes be contagious. unfortunately, davidcosand






A conversation conducted on Twitter

One of the many reasons given for Twitter not operating correctly

Using language found only in Tweets, words not typically used in normal conversation

The body of Twitter users or community, similar to "blogosphere"

Twitter + collector: someone that follows as many others as they can, seemingly valuing the total number collected.







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



Self-referential, self-aggrandising, masturbatory Tweeting Phil_Adams
twoosh A 140-character tweet, named because of the "whoosh" sound which plays in some clients when a 140-character tweet is received.  I believe that Twitteriffic was the first client to play the sound.  
twoutage Failure of one or another of Twitter's features.  
twunch Lunch - twitter style: loosly organised open invitation lunch meeting among twitter friends see www.twunch.be
twypo A typo on Twitter ("If you exercise regularly and died, you can lose a lot of weight.")  


Other Terms (not from Twitter but often seen):

Term Definition Source
<3 text version of a heart; expressing love or happiness. Also sometimes "Less Than Three"  
DIAF short for Die In A Fire (presumably because there is an extra toasty spot reserved for them where they're going)  
FB FaceBook.  
FriendFeed One of the alternatives to Twitter that's gained traction as twoutages have increased friendfeed.com
FTW For The Win, enthusiasm or recommendation  
FTL For The Loss, complaint or disapproval  
J/K Just kidding. Often added at the end of a snarky tweet.  
LMK Let Me Know  
meatup A gathering (meetup) to eat steak ahockley
NSFW Not Safe For Work, usually a warning about an adult oriented link that is in a Tweet.  
OH: Overheard.  
twingup An offline gathering to eat buffalo wings, said gathering being planned on Twitter ahockley
#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?


Questions?  Ping @ahockley or @verso.


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