“A subtweet is a standalone response to someone else’s tweet that does not mention the other person or their tweet at all” — that is Merriam-Webster’s definition of a subtweet, something the dictionary has been named a master of.
The transformation of the Merriam-Webster Twitter account began in the 2016 US Presidential Election when it started checking then-Republican nominee, Donald Trump’s spelling.
“My boss and I spent the day obsessively refreshing our notifications and wondering if I would get fired,” said Lauren Naturale, Merriam-Webster’s social media manager, after firing off their first viral tweet about the Trump campaign. Happily, Naturale has not been fired and Merriam-Webster has become one of the most infamous social affairs commentators on Twitter.
While the account is still primarily used to promote the dictionary and its online blogs and quizzes, it occasionally throws some serious shade.
Here 9 highlights from the last year: