New York Magazine has published new terms that emerged on Twitter in 2013. I did my best to summarize them here:
- Canoe: a Twitter conversation involving more than three people
- Close that tab: advice to close a browser tab quickly because of something terrible
- Darth: a wizard with a lot of fans
- Day-of-the-week jokes: blaming a day on something bad or tweeting "TGIF" on another day
- #deblasionew york: blaming everything on NY's new mayor, even before he took office
- Doge: a meme that I don't understand at all (!)
- First-name-only replies: calling someone out on Twitter
- Florida man: attributing strange happenings to someone in Florida ("the weirdest state")
- Hatefave: favoriting a tweet to "ruffle the recipient's feathers"
- Hateread: encouraging people to read something distasteful
- @Horse_ebooks: a poetic thread made up of short contributions
- Scoop, if true: encouraging retweets/reporting without regard to truth
- Smarm: performance without substance
- Subtweet: directed at one tweeter (back-talking)
- Teach the homeless code: based on an experiment considered in poor taste
- Whoa: emphasizing another's tweet
- "You won't believe what happened next": a way to encourage clicks
And my two favorites of the bunch with examples:
Because [noun/preposition]: "A new type of prepositional phrase, because character limits." Why waste words (I guess)?
- #Followateen: parents writing about their kids (until they discovered the hashtag and retaliated). Ouch. I wrote about "literally" recently.
- Do you find these interesting or, as one comment on the story says, "Twitter is dumb."
- Another comment on the story reads, "This must be what's popping on #WhiteTwitter. Because #BlackTwitter tells a different story." What does this mean, and do you agree with the comment?