David Mitchell Holds Down the Fort
We could care less what the Queen thinks about our English, but it’s good to know we’re mostly off the hook.
And speaking of Gray Ladies, the NYT “standards editor” would like you to know that “tweeting” is verboten:
Some social-media fans may disagree, but outside of ornithological contexts, “tweet” has not yet achieved the status of standard English. And standard English is what we should use in news articles.
Except for special effect, we try to avoid colloquialisms, neologisms and jargon. And “tweet” — as a noun or a verb, referring to messages on Twitter — is all three. Yet it has appeared 18 times in articles in the past month, in a range of sections.
Of course, new technology terms sprout and spread faster than ever. And we don’t want to seem paleolithic. But we favor established usage and ordinary words over the latest jargon or buzzwords.
“Someday,” writes the editor, “‘tweet’ may be as common as ‘e-mail.'” We hate to break it to him, but we lost the hyphen years ago. We’re such renegades.
‘New York Times’ Bans the Word ‘Tweet’ [The Awl]