'Tweet,' 'Crowdsourcing,' 'Have a Cow' Added to Oxford English Dictionary 

And yes, Tweet's definition is less than 140 characters

The word "tweet" can now be found in the illustrious Oxford English Dictionary, where it is defined as: "a posting made on the social networking service Twitter," as The Los Angeles Times has it.

"Also: to use Twitter regularly or habitually," the dictionary added, unfortunately referencing an already-dated example: "Not much chance to tweet on Twitter," reads the 2007 "Weblog" excerpt, "especially since it seems that SMS posting from my mobile phone doesn't work."

Ah well, at least the definition came in under 140 characters — the limit for a tweet.

Chief dictionary editor John Simpson said they even waived the 10-year rule for new words given that tweeting "seems to be catching on."

The dictionary is desperately trying to stay relevant, having already scrapped their print edition for digital and even agreeing to add words like "LOL" and "OMG," according to the Christian Science Monitor.

On Monday, editors also added other digital terms, such as "e-book" and "crowdsourcing," said the Monitor.

Also, randomly, "to have a cow," a phrase "often associated with the character Bart from the animated series The Simpsons, but it is much older than the television show," editors said in a Monday statement.

First printed in 1884, the Oxford English Dictionary is upheld as the “definitive record of the English language."


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