The Addictionary of Oxford English: Twitter

Posted by Sir Alexander Johns | Dec 8, 2017 | Addiction, The Addictionary of Oxford English | 0 |

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Definition of Twitter in English:



1. (of a bird) give a call consisting of repeated light tremulous sounds.

“You think the nightingale has a beautiful singing voice? Well I can twitter like the best of them.” Oxford English


1. A series of short, high pitched calls or sounds.

“There’s no feeling better than rising early in the morning to the twitter of birds, the scent of a freshly-brewed cuppa, and the dulcet tones of Mr. and Mrs. Rumplewitch’s morning shag penetrating the thin walls.” Oxford English

2. A social media application.

“Letter writing is so passé. Don’t make litter; get a Twitter.” Oxford English

Twitter Quotes about Oxford English

“I’ve heard – from a very reliable source, mind you – that Oxford English has seventy-two Twitter accounts, each of which he updates daily. Apparently he enjoys trolling celebrities he dislikes behind the guise of anonymity.” Ivy Saltdimple (Gossip Columnist at The Daily Tweet)

“Oxford English’s best Twitter account, by far, is his persona of a Mrs. Amelina Glasscock of Gazeley, Suffolk, a ninety-two-year-old war widow spends her time online reviewing different types of artificial sweeteners. He’s crafted such gems as ‘Stevia in your crumpets? Are you a strumpet?’ and ‘Equal in your cart? You might be a tart.’” Igor Penningsworth (Unofficial Oxford English biographer)

“Oxford quite likes flamingoes, yes, but his obsession with birds certainly doesn’t end there. Flamingoes aren’t exactly known for their twittering, after all. Every year, he enters the International Songbird Imitation Competition. He competes in three categories: the channel-billed cuckoo, the common nightingale, and the rose-breasted grosbeak.” Bathilda Sundowner (Three-Time All-England Champion in Rose-Breasted Grosbeak Mimicry)

“Oxford’s obsession with Twitter may have started with birds, but once the social media platform took off, there was no keeping him away from it. Unfortunately, it took him quite a long time to realize what it was actually for. He thought it was a way for people to communicate like birds, so he took on the persona of a wee house sparrow named Dave.” Veraminta Coolidge (Follows Dave the House Sparrow on Twitter)

“Oxford English runs Dave the House Sparrow’s Twitter account? You’re kidding! I’ve been following that little bugger for years! He’s always got the most insightful posts, my favorite being the famous, ‘Chirrup, chirrup, it-it-it!’” Jane Chauncey (House Sparrow Enthusiast #2)

“People think Oxford’s Twitter account has to do with his love of birds, but there’s an ulterior motive. I, for one, know he only runs it to get at the vulnerable single women within the Audubon Society. Just last week he would not stop retweeting famous birdwatcher Patience Strodewoode. He also recently tweeted, ‘Phyll-ip! Phyll-ipp!’ at her, and well, I think we all know what that means…” Beverly Luther-Todd (President of the Chetwynd End Birdwatchers Association)


Late Middle English (as a verb): imitative


twitter /ˈtwɪtə/

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