April 17, 2009

Evolving English language

‘If winter comes can summer be far behind’ goes the saying.  Today every branch has its own terms developed over the ages.  People using Blackberry devices would talk on Blackberry terms and similarly people in railway would like to talk in their own terms. This jargon language of each and every field of life has of late entered the English dictionary.  Email has its own language, so has the Chatting over the internet.  All such languages, either blend terms or portmanteaus are examples of compact beauty.  By and by internet is making inroad into houses.  Slowly but steadily Internet is fast becoming one of the favorite destinations of researchers, students for purpose of knowledge, fun, friendship, chatting, emailing, file sharing, photo uploading and many other things.  Social Networks have attracted a majority of internet users and providing such interesting services like Forum or Discussion Board for sharing views and uniting all like minded people in a single community.  It has become so successful, today it is very easy to find glitterati or film stars or politicians in such social networking sites. Did you know, American President Barrack Obama is an internet user? He can be found in network like Twitter.  In fact, he had used the power of the internet to raise huge sum of money to fund his electoral campaign.  In India film stars like Amir Khan Shahrukh Khan and Amitabh Bachhan are notable twitter users. 
Social networks like Facebook, Myspace, Orkut, Twitter, Hi5, Ibibo, Friendster are highly preferable sites of young people. And a notable feature of all these sites is that they have contributed a lot to the development of the English language in blending innumerable terms.  As many people are using such networks it is but obvious the vocabulary terms have entered into day to day writing and speaking.  In this way gradually, such vocabulary terms have made inroad into the mainstream language.  English is assimilative, it adapts and adopts faster as compared to other languages.  Further, the development is also confined to the English language as English has been the preferable language of the internet users.  The development in other languages of the world may be said negligible.
Let’s analyze some new vocabulary terms being used by users of Twitter users.
The language that has evolved over the time is nothing but the use of prefix Twit… to an existing word and blending that for better pronunciation.  And the plethora of vocabularies that has evolved can be compiled a twittonary.  Yea, you are right that is nothing but a twitter specific dictionary.  So here I am with a list of terms used by twitter users. 
Auto-nudge: This is a setting that sends automatic nudges as per schedule set.
Dweet: Tweets sent in inebriated condition.
Mistweet: A tweet one later repents.
Nudge: a friendly note sent to a dormant user to be active or update.
Sweeple: Sweet twitters people.
Twitterspeak: The language of the twitter users.
Tweeter/Twitterer: The twitter user.
Tweets: Short messages. (140 characters maximum)
Tweeting: Posting the short messages.
Twadd: To add a tweeter user.
Twaffic: Twitter traffic.
Tweetheart: That flutters the heart of a user.
Tweepish: Feeling sheepish or rueful about a tweet.
Twexting: Who likes to send only text messaging.
Twebay: To sell something on twitter as in E-bay.
Twitterati: that is glitterati of twitter. To whom everyone follows.
Twitterlooing: Twittering from bathroom.
@username: (@sudampanigrahi my user name) By this way a direct message is posted to a user. Facebook
In Orkut a message is known as Scrap. Now scrap is not that, one usually knows as garbage.  It is a short message, used both as Noun and Verb. 
In Facebook similarly it is known as wall.  It is also used as Noun and Verb.  Like, he walled me, written something on the wall a virtual first page of a profile.
Poke: That is called Nudge in twitter.  Ah, there is a Super-Poke also that is nothing but the next level of poking if someone relentlessly ignores Pokes.
The list is endless and the research is on by network users.  Next time I will bring another collection of vocabularies from those sites.  Till then it is bye for now.  Thank you.


  1. Thanks for that, I've learnt some new words ;-)

  2. I've learned a lot from this post. Thanks a lot!^^


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