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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.

 

Goal: To record new, useful, or funny term about Twitter. Anyone with a pbWiki account can contribute.

 

How to Contribute

Click Here

Note: If you contribute improperly, or out of order, page will be rolled back to earlier version.

 

 

Term

Definition

Who Coined it?


Who Defined It

attwaction

A crush (intellectual or physical) on a fellow twitterer.

Twaitting

 

bacontwits

A twitter message involving everyone's favorite cut of meat...bacon.

BaconTwits

 

cybertweet

Twitter-based mutual masturbation with someone you wouldn't speak to in real life.

Shoq

Shoq

egotwistical

Tending to talk excessively about oneself on Twitter

4braham

 

fatal attwaction

The condition afflicting a person who is stalking other twitter users.

MrsWrite, Twaitting

 

followership

The collective group of Twitter users following a given Twitterer.

Example.

 

friendscraping

The act of friending all of a friend's friends, either manually or via a bot. Example: "Dude, I found her by friendsccraping."

Szetela

 

illtwitterate

The uninitiated. Those who "don't get it".

megan_mcdonald

 

Miss# or Mr#

A way of referring to kids. "Miss3 = 3-year-old daughter"

sirexkathryn

 

naked twits

A twitterer's unprotected updates.

Fracas

 

narcissitwit

Somone in love with the sound of their own tweets.

Variation:  Narcitwit

Shoq

Shoq

NTS

note to self:

 

 

pleshette-ed

Pecked to death (as by Suzanne Pleshette in "The Birds") by replies on Twitter

hodgman

 

puntwit

Someone offering opinion or criticism in an authoritative manner on Twitter. May or may not enjoy such status outside of Twitter.

Shoq

Shoq

puntwitocracy

The punditocracy on Twitter, most often discovered in #journotwits

Shoq

Shoq

RT

Retweet: tweeting content posted by another user

 

 

speedtweet

A grouping/list of favorite or most contacted users ("I've got you on speedtweet")

wenstrand

 

spitter

A Twitter spammer

 

 

switch twitter

Person maintaining multiple Twitter accounts

toddmintz

 

tw00b

A Twitter n00b.  

@anexemines

 

twacklist

Twitter + blacklist

after The Twitter Blacklist

 

twacklog

A backlog of tweets

ahockley

 

twait

A twitter message that is scheduled to be sent in the future. ("Wait to twitter = twait")

rjb227s

 

twaitter

A person who holds onto timely tweets and 'waits' to send the message until a later time. (you can use this application to send your 'twait' messages (Twaitter.com)

rjb227s

 

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

 

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.")

 

 

twantwam

When somebody throws a tantrum

KCarruthers

 

twarmy

The Twitter army

docnormal

 

twat

Person behind spam Twitter acct

verso

 

twatter

Twitter chatter

kerribeauchesne

 

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

 

tweature

twitter + creature. Any user or account on Twitter that is not identifiable by content as being from a human. As apposed to tweeple, a tweature is the class under which all other unclassifiables belong, including spammers, link listers, people with a small following who use twitter like a chat client exclusively for inside jokes, and any other use or service that is unreal or is impersonal.

 

 

Twebinar

Mashup between Webinar and Twitter

 

 

Tweckling

The act of heckling via tweets.

Szetela

 

twedia

Media on Twitter (e.g. @nytimes, @bbcnews, etc.)

 

 

tweeciprocity

The exchange of a follow for a follow by a twitterer. Example: “I unfollow Tweeps who don’t follow me back. I expect tweeciprocity.” (Twitter + Reciprocity

Coined & defined by: Noetical

 

tweeciprocity ratio

Ratio of followers to those followed. Example: "My tweeciprocity has gotten better since I unfollowed all those freeloading twitchers who weren't following me anymore!"

Coined & defined by: Noetical 

 

tweehab

Twitter + Rehab: Taking a recovery break from Twitter

lmull

 

tweek

Twitter geek (Twitter + Geek)

 

 

tweeotches

Twitter + biotches (slang for bitches)

monkchips

 

tweep

Weep on twitter

shijualex

 

tweeps

Twitter + peeps (friends)

?

 

tweet

n: single message seen on Twitter, v: act of posting to Twitter

?

 

Tweet Vine

Means the grape vine

 

 

tweetheart(s)

Twitter + Sweetheart(s)

possibly MailOurMilitary

 

tweeting out

Saying goodbye and logging off Twitter

Clevecarole

 

tweetsorship

1) Tweetsorship  Curious disappearance of tweets presumed to been archived on the web for future generations to learn from or smirk at.

 

2) the removal of a Twitter tweet by some refeeding channel, often one's place of employment, or a political opponent.

Shoq

Shoq

tweetspeak

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

aldaspook

 

tweetup

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

?

 

tweezure

Twitter seizure

verso

 

tweighbor

someone who is a member of your Twitter community

Coined & defined by: Noetical

 

tweighborhood

a group of Twitters who follow one another

Coined & defined by: Noetical

 

tweme

a Meme on Twitter

 

 

tweologism

a new word, meaning or phrase, specific to Twitter

ok2baprincess

 

tweople/tweeple

Twitter + people

?

 

twequilibrium

When your number of followers exactly matches the number of people you follow

DavidFeng

 

twerd

A twitter nerd, e.g. one who contributes to a twitter dictionary.

 

 

twerminology

the study of Twitter terminology

xolotl

 

twerp

Anyone who doesn't play nice on Twitter.

 

 

twerrorism

Used instead of terrorism when Twitter is under a hack attack, example: Fight twerrorism, change password

 

 

twescapade

A tweetup of massive proportions, often involving a road trip, eg, "Boise and Portland twitterati are meeting in Bend for a giant twescapade."

OH from wyattwerner

 

Twesting

means testing

 

 

Twestival

A coordinated event, entirely run by volunteers in cities around the world, and 100% of the money raised from these events will go directly to support a charity.

 

 

twetin

(n) A twitter user of subnormal intelligence. Derivation: Twitter + cretin. (Also see twurzel)

 

 

twewbie

Someone new to Twitter.  A Twitter newbie.

 

 

twhater

A person who thinks Twitter is dumb

rstevens

 

twhither/twither

to ask/tell where one is going via Twitter

xolotl

 

twictory

To solve a problem using twitter

wyattwerner

 

twiend

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

kathrynjones

 

Twiffle

(n) Trivial nonsense posted on Twitter, usually in response to the question "What are you doing?"

Shoq

Shoq

twiins

Two sequentail tweets that serendipitously relate to each other (e.g. http://bit.ly/fhSMv)

nancyf

 

twiller

A thriller written via Twitter

Matt Richtel, New York Times blogger

 

twincidence

A coincidence on Twitter, as when two unrelated tweeters tweet about the same subject.

xolotl

 

twinsight

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

tweet at the exact same time.

selenamarie

 

twinterview

Conducting or facilitating an interview via Twitter

 

 

twintro

Introducing two people to each other through twitter

lpetrides

 

twip

A tip about using twitter (Or a tip given on twitter)

@shijualex

 

twiplomacy

Using Twitter as a tool for public diplomacy

joelwhitaker

 

twiply

An reply to tweet

E.Alashi (@splashup)

 

twirt

verb: the act of flirting publicly via twitter. also, noun: a person in the act of twirting.

nicopolitan

 

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.)

wendemm

 

twistory

"Twitter history", used in two ways:

(1) The history of a Twitterer's tweets and replies (e.g. "I'm catching up on my twistory")

(2) Important events or milestones that have occurred in the Twitterverse (e.g., "I made twistory today by gaining 10,000 followers").

Also a website that allows a Twitterer's twitter history to be added to calendar applications (http://twistory.net/)

Unknown

 

twitaddict

One who is 100% Twitter Addicted... usually fiends when hasn't used Twitter for more than 1 hr.  see: http://TwitAddict.com

@anexemines

@twitaddict

 

twitcher

One who follows you just to get a follow back, only to dump you a day later when you don't reciprocate

 

 

twitcrush

Declaring a crush on another twitter user.

 

 

twitebate

A debate, usually political, between two or more parties on Twitter. Usually results in severe follower loss.

 

 

twiterature

Literary works in twitter

@chrisloft

 

twitery

Twittered poetry

@chrisloft

 

twitfluencer

A Twitter user - you follow - that influences you most (often someone with a massive amount of followers)

4braham

 

twitjacking

posting from someones acount or having your account posted from, especially if insulting

&nsp;

 

twitorial

Either a Twitter tutorial or giving a tutorial using Twitter

@mavergames

 

Twitoris

(n)  A sexual organ in female Twitter users that exists soley to induce pleasure.  Service log-in is  not required.

Shoq

Shoq

twittarr

A twitter message involving anything related to pirates.

rjb227s

 

twitter

TWITTER (n) A service that enables millions of people with nothing to say to say it to millions of people 

Shoq

Shoq

twitter squatter

A person holding on to a twitter username in hope of some personal gain.
"i'm in ur twitr waitin 4 u"

 

 

twitteranti

Twitterati + rant:  Twitterer famed for going off on rants

@lozzy

 

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

 

Twitterers

A group of people whom have Twitter accounts

 

 

twitterfam

an online term of endearment for your followers

possibly geekycybermom

 

twitterholic

A person who is addicted to using Twitter.  Also a website showing top twitter user rankings and stats (twitterholic.com)

 

 

Twitterization

Twitter's influence on other social media Web sites (such as FB, for example) or any other aspect of society

 

 

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

 

twitterminolgy

Twitter + terminology. Specific vocabulary most commonly encountered on Twitter. See also twitterspeak

 

 

twitterpreneur

An entrepreneur on Twitter, or someone creating a Twitter-based startup.

SmallBizBee (darn, & I thought I was coining it. :( @ggroovin)

 

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

 

twittersation

A conversation conducted on Twitter

Narses

 

twitterscuse

One of the many reasons given for Twitter not operating correctly

nwjerseyliz

 

twitterspeak

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

sharong

 

twitterverse

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

?

 

twittilation

The enjoyment one gets from viewing certain twitpics or reading secret tweets.

Fracas

 

twittiquette

Twitter + Ettiquette: The relatively unwritten rules of conduct while on Twitter

 

 

twitty

Means witty

 

 

twoff

Not on twitter for a long time period ("I've been twoff today")

plitwin

 

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

 

twonanism

Self-referential, self-aggrandising, masturbatory Tweeting

Phil_Adams

 

twonference

A conference on Twitter (or a Conference of Twitters ?)

@shijualex

 

twoon

Toon on Twitter

@shijualex

 

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

 

twunken

Either drunken tweeting or drunk on tweeting

@mavergames

 

twurzel

(n) A Twitter user, usually a newbie (see also tw00b, twewbie), unfamiliar with and confused by twitterminology used by twerds. Derivation: Twitter + 'The Wurzels'. [NB 'The Wurzels' are a British Scrumpy and Western band from Somerset, a county whose residents are stereotypically thought of as being persons of subnormal intelligence]. See also twetin.

 

 

twush

An intense and usually passing romantic infatuation on a twitter user (tweep).

hattalldude


Shoq

twypo

A typo on Twitter ("If you exercise regularly and died, you can lose a lot of weight.")

 

 

whoot

Whoot is the Twitter Genie, tweet the command @whoot me when following @whoot to receive a prediction of your future follower count.

@kmesiab

 

 

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  
IMHO In My Honest Opinion. IMHO usually indicates that ‘This is an op-ed tweet, not a factual assertion.’ UPDATE: It can be argued that “Humble” is the more common meaning, but both are valid for IMHO. At least, IMHO, anyways.  
J/K Just kidding. Often added at the end of a snarky tweet.  
LMK Let Me Know  
Mashup A mixup of services from two or more websites presented on a alternate website.  
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.  
PLN Seen in educational Tweets, Means Professional Learning Network or Personal Learning Network  
twingup An offline gathering to eat buffalo wings, said gathering being planned on Twitter ahockley
webinar A lecture, seminar, presentation or workshop that takes place on a web site.  
#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  
twitch An intense need to Tweet cobra

* 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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