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This WEEK in TECH[edit]

Should there be a mention of the use of Twit to refer to people who are on / listen to the this WEEK in TECH podcasts? -- Imperator3733 20:19, 3 June 2008 (UTC)

twight in Spenser[edit]

The verb also occurs as twight in Spenser, according to Webster 1913. Equinox 12:48, 28 August 2013 (UTC)

Etymology of the meaning "foolish or annoying person"?[edit]

Does it come from combination of vulgar "twat" and "clit(oris)"? Or from verb "twit" (probably in the sense of "reproach")? Maybe there was also influence of the noun "nitwit"?

Probably from the verb. Not twat+clit, anyhow: those words are too recent and far more overtly sexual in meaning. Equinox 19:13, 19 December 2014 (UTC)
Answer it arises from the term 'to Twitter' which means to chatter inanely, borrowed by the Twitter organization for social media. ie "Stop twittering man!" it has no sexual connotations whatsoever. It is mentioned in many old novels from the Victorian era in this context a person who twitters is called a twit and is therefore foolish.
Oh? Source? Equinox 10:54, 6 May 2018 (UTC)

The Oxford Handbook of Victorian Literary Culture Darwin and Dickens to the uninitiated can stand in for 'the Victorian' in a way that belies the much more heterogeneous literary culture of the Victorians. The pairing of Darwin and ... naturalists of the period. He does so in order to contrast the 'timid, twittering' professional scientist with the manly 'open air natural history' of Rumplestiltskin01 (talk) 09:13, 7 May 2018 (UTC)

Domesticity, Imperialism, and Emigration in the Victorian Novel twittering round Rumplestiltskin01 (talk) 09:13, 7 May 2018 (UTC)