[Ads-l] to live-tweet

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Wed Jun 7 11:50:29 EDT 2017


The OED currently dates "live blog" (n.) to 3/03, "live-blogging" (n.) to
3/04, and "live-blog" (v.) to 9/04.


On Wed, Jun 7, 2017 at 11:24 AM, Baker, John <JBAKER at stradley.com> wrote:

> I also noted the similarity of "live-tweet" to "live-blog," which I
> presume to be the original.  Live-blogging, or liveblogging, has been
> around long enough that Wikipedia has had an article on it since 2011; from
> 2006 to 2011 "liveblogging" was on Wikipedia, but just as a redirect to
> "blog."  The current version of the article begins, " A liveblog is a blog
> post which is intended to provide a rolling textual coverage of an ongoing
> event, similar to Live television or live radio."
>
> I looked for early uses of "live blog":
>
>      As a transparent collocation, it dates at least to this use in the
> Memphis Commercial Appeal (2/26/2004) (all examples via Westlaw):  "While
> you're at it, check out our ongoing live blog coverage of a tour of Delta
> food and blues at http://blog.commercialappeal.com/deltablues/."
>
>      As a hyphenated term, the Fort Wayne News Sentinel had it on
> 10/5/2004:  "Can't wait for the end of tonight's debate between Vice
> President Dick Cheney and Democratic vice-president candidate John Edwards
> for analysis, commentary and exasperated gripes? Check out Knight Ridder
> Tribune's live-blog site, http://free-fire.blogspot.com."
>
>      As a verbal phrase, the Washington Times used it on 10/22/2005:  "In
> addition, six "prominent bloggers" of various political persuasions will
> "live blog" the forum via the Internet, their commentary flashed to an
> onstage screen."
>
> Verbal live-tweet is necessarily younger (Twitter began operation in
> 2006).  Here it is from the St. Paul Pioneer Press (1/16/2009):  "Diablo
> Cody will live-tweet during the "United States of Tara" premiere on Twitter
> (twitter.com/DiabloOnTara)."
>
>
> John Baker
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: American Dialect Society [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf
> Of Jim Parish
> Sent: Wednesday, June 7, 2017 9:48 AM
> To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
> Subject: Re: to live-tweet
>
> There's also the related "live-blog".
>
> Jim Parish
>
>
> On 6/7/2017 8:44 AM, Dan Goncharoff wrote:
> > It means he will tweet during the event, not waiting until it is
> finished.
> >
> > On Jun 6, 2017 9:55 PM, "Jonathan Lighter" <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >
> >> CNN chyron:
> >>
> >> "Will Trump Live-Tweet During Comey Hearing?"
> >>
> >> It's Tweeting in real time, if you see what I'm getting at.
> >>
> >>
>

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