Oxford dictionary studies Twitter


The average sentence length of a Twitter message is 1.40 sentences. Gerunds are more popular on Twitter than off. The second most popular word on Twitter is “I.”

These are a few of the things the Oxford English Dictionary has learned by studying millions of Twitter messages.

Guest: Jesse Sheidlower, editor-at-large of the OED

This segment originally aired June 8, 2009

2 Responses to “Oxford dictionary studies Twitter”

  1. I would imagine that it is not just the world of Twittering where the use of the word “I” is so popular.

  2. I very much like the positive approach The editor of OED takes on Twitter. Seeing that Twitter has become a phenomenon that leaves many people puzzled.