December 29: New To Me #ThinkKitDecember 29, 2013 at 10:02 PM | Posted in I ♥ Twitter., What's up? | 1 Comment
Tags: #thinkkit, daily prompt
At first this morning’s prompt stumped me. I thought about it and thought about it and finally asked Bill.
Me: “Did I learn any new words this year?”
Bill: “You learned what sanguine means.”
Me: “No, I didn’t. I still think it means something related to blood.”*
What word(s) did you learn or make-up this year? How did you learn it or create it? Did you start using it?
Then it came to me: SUBTWEET. What brought it to mind was a recent exchange I saw between someone I follow on Twitter and someone she was clearly unhappy with. As I was mulling over whether I should use that for my post, I saw Jon Murray’s tweet mentioning it. A sign!
A subtweet is when you send a message to someone on Twitter without using the person’s @username so that they’re not notified of the message as he/she would be if the tweet were an @mention. Maybe you didn’t use his/her name at all or maybe you used his/her Twitter username without the @, but either way the tweet was definitely meant for a certain someone. The word is a shortening for subliminal tweet but could just as well be for subterranean tweet (due to its under-the-surface nature) or subversive tweet (due to its generally inflammatory nature).
I wish I had something more positive. I hate the concept of subtweeting (or anything passive-aggressive, really). But I just couldn’t think of any other word that I learned this year. Selfie? Not sure I didn’t know that in 2012. And let’s be honest—I could stand to write a post without a bunch of those FOR ONCE.
*It sort of does! But not in its most common usage.