A recent online post about tweeting caught my attention:
“I understand that tweet already means to send a message, but I am hearing tweet out more frequently. Isn’t tweet out a redundancy in the category of revert back, continue on, rise up and drop down?”
As a ruthless editor sensitive to redundancies, I’ve had this question, too.
We see plenty of tweet out in politics and sports:
Trump Tweets Out New Policy Toward Cuba
Detroit Tigers Tweet Out Opening Day Hype Video
Are there twitter grammar guidelines?
Such phrasing prompts the question:
Should we use tweet out so no one will assume we mean tweet in? And what would tweet in mean, anyway?
Or is adding out to tweet simply a redundancy; is out just clutter that adds no meaning?
Twitter was tested in March 2006 for use as an interoffice communication tool in a California company called Odeo.
It emerged as a corporate entity in its own right that July. Based in San Francisco, Twitter Inc. now has more then 25 offices around the world.
It is described as a social networking and microblogging online service that allows users to send and receive text-based messages or posts of up to 140 characters. The messages are called tweets.
We all recognize the original tweet as both a noun and a verb.
- tweet: (noun) the chirping sound produced by a bird
- tweet: (verb) to make a chirping should
However, the establishment of Twitter as a company has added meaning to tweet:
- tweet: (noun) a post made on the social media application Twitter
- tweet: (verb) to create a post on the social media application Twitter
The act of tweeting has given rise to other tweet-related words:
tweet-a-holic: a person addicted to the Twitter website
tweetable: short enough to be posted on Twitter
tweetcation: a short break from posting on Twitter
tweetcited: excited about the Twitter website and tweeting
tweetheart: a sweetheart on Twitter
tweet tooth: a person who has a strong craving to post a tweet
tweetup: a meeting at which people who communicate with each other via Twitter meet face to face
tweet you later: goodbye, see you later
retweet: a tweet shared publicly with followers that signals a person’s commonality with another’s presented comment or statement
A tweeter now can mean a person who posts on the social media application Twitter. However, a tweeter also is a small, high-fidelity speaker designed to reproduce high-frequency sounds.
Back to tweeting out
We’ve all heard the expression, “Here’s a shout-out to …”
According the British collinsdictionary.com (the source of most of the terms listed above), tweet-out is both a noun and a verb:
- tweet-out: (noun) a greeting to one’s friends on the Twitter website; a shout-out
- tweet out: (verb) to post a greeting on the Twitter website
Urbandictionary.com defines tweet out as promoting on Twitter a product or URL you like. Instead of a shout-out, it’s a tweet-out:
I asked my friend to give my new website at tweet-out so I could take advantage of his Twitter followers.
Twitter use is worldwide, a universal means of communication. In another year, we might have new twitter-related words to add to our list.
Meanwhile, watch your tweeting grammar. Think before you use tweet out instead of simply tweet as a verb. You might get a tweet-out by the Ruthless Editor!Like it? Share it!