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So I know that in modern English, the word "google" is considered a proper verb now. Can the same be said for the word "tweet" (i.e. to post a 140-char message to Twitter)?

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Why not?

Tweet was already a verb meaning "to chirp", and many people are using the secondary definition of "posting to Twitter". Is there a good reason to not consider it a valid usage considering its adoptance by a great amount of people? English is an evolving language, after all.

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@RegDwight Thanks for the corrections. – waiwai933 Sep 19 '10 at 5:48
Good answer; concise and spot-on. – Jonik Sep 19 '10 at 11:23
Did you intentionally use the word adoptance to make a point? – Kosmonaut Oct 25 '10 at 15:53
Let's say yes and avoid me the embarrassment. @kos – waiwai933 Oct 26 '10 at 23:04
@waiwai933: Well, I liked it in any case! :) – Kosmonaut Oct 26 '10 at 23:35

I don't see why not. As another example, lots of people have been using the word "text" for years (meaning, of course, "to send a text message.")

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