New York Times standards editor Phil Corbett has advised writers to refrain from using the 'tweet' as it is not a recognised word in the English language.
In an internal memo procured by The Awl, Corbett has advised his writers not to use the word 'tweet', asking them to use 'a Twitter message' instead.
Corbett said: “Some social-media fans may disagree, but outside of ornithological contexts, “tweet” has not yet achieved the status of standard English. And standard English is what we should use in news articles.”
Wired points out 'tweet' has been recognised as a proper word by the AP Stylebook since 2009, stating that, according to the stylebook, a message sent on Twitter is called a tweet.
Corbett's memo continued: “Of course, new technology terms sprout and spread faster than ever. And we don’t want to seem paleolithic. But we favor established usage and ordinary words over the latest jargon or buzzwords.”