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'New York Times' Bans the Word 'Tweet'

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by YankeeFan, Jun 11, 2010.

  1. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    http://www.theawl.com/2010/06/new-york-times-bans-the-word-tweet

    Do Times readers really not know what Twitter is, and if they don't, will they understand what you're saying even if you write it differently?

    I suppose a comparison that's been discussed here might be Tommy John surgery. A quick explanation of what that is may be appropriate. But if you don't know what Twitter is, I don't think a quick explanation is going to be worth much.

    So, is this dumb? And are they really trying to uphold standard English or are they "dumbing down" their copy for their audience?
     
  2. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    This is similar to how you've still got to say (formerly Division I-AA) when referencing the FCS.

    You can't wait for your slowest reader all the time.
     
  3. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    Or you can just call it Divison 1-AA, which is what it is.
     
  4. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    applause!
     
  5. BTExpress

    BTExpress Well-Known Member

    Using the word "tweet" > Quoting some athlete's gramatically challenged tweet
     
  6. Mystery Meat II

    Mystery Meat II Well-Known Member

    No, it's the FCS. That's the official name. Maybe we don't care for it, but we're not doing anyone any favors by calling it something it no longer is.
     
  7. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    "Old fuddy duddy" is still an acceptable term at the NYT.
     
  8. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    Posts like this are why I love you. Even if you are an idiot.
     
  9. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    Mystery Meat the Second is right. It is absolutely Football Championship Subdivision. When a corporation changes its name, we use the new name. Same case here.
     
  10. DisembodiedOwlHead

    DisembodiedOwlHead Active Member

    Mr. Duddy on second reference.
     
  11. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Nice...
     
  12. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    FCS is a changed name from an established organization. That's not the same thing.

    Tweet is jargon and if a newspaper doesn't want to use it because they don't think it's English, that's their prerogative. What's wrong with calling it a "Twitter post" or some such? We call them "Facebook posts" not Facebooks or Facebeek.
     
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