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Tweet (2)

verb; back formation
To post something on the social networking site Twitter.
 
The term “Twitter” refers to a website where people can post random comments for all their friends to see on anything in life and they can also there read their friends random comments on their lives. The title “Twitter” as the name for the website seems to draw a parallel between the twittering of a flock of birds and the constant internet chatter on the website. The word “Tweet” in this context is then a backformation from “Twitter.” Although “tweet” is an actual word describing a noise made by a bird, in this case it is more likely a backformation due to its relationship with the website “Twitter” than it is as a zero derivation from “tweet.” This is because zero derivations are conversions, which usually refer a change in the part of speech but not in the overarching meaning of the word. The term tweet in this context does not apply any longer to birds but rather to a specific internet act. Just like a real verb, “tweet” can undergo inflections and derivations to words such as tweeting or tweeted.
Etymology : Back formation was formed from “twitter” to “tweet.” Can have inflections and derivations such as “tweeted” or “tweeting.”
Source : “Man didn’t you see what I tweeted? I told you.” – College student at Rice. Aug. 2010.
Last modified: 8 December 2010


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