The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) announced that an updated Twitter-centric “tweet” has finally worked its way into the dictionary. While the fussiness of the OED might induce some eye-rolling, there is an undeniable gold-stamp of approval with the inclusion of new words and new meanings of old words. It usually takes 10 years — if not decades — for language change, but Twitter is only just now turning 7, so “tweet”was fast-tracked.
Whether this is a sign of the times is up for debate. I’d certainly like to see dictionaries more readily reflect the language as it is being used. The prescriptivists will hand-wring, but if words are used, there should be a place to find their arbited meaning without having to sort through UrbanDictionary.com.