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Sorry to break it to social networking curmudgeons, but the Oxford English Dictionary now officially recognizes "tweet" as a noun and verb in the social networking sense. Such is the power and influence of social networking services like Twitter that not only did OED expand its entry for the word tweet, but it broke its own rules to add the new definitions. "This breaks at least one one OED rule, namely that a new word needs to be current for ten years before consideration for inclusion. But it seems to be catching on," OED Chief Editor John Simpson said in a statement. The latest OED updated saw the inclusion of over 1,200 newly revised or expanded words, bringing the total number to over 823,000.... Read more...