Twitter Birdies Take Over Word TWEET, Real Birds Furious
By GAIL FARRELLY

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Twitter Birdies Take Over Word TWEET, Real Birds Furious

 By GAIL FARRELLY

Gail Farrelly grew up in The Bronx and now resides in Bronxville, NY. Having a doctorate in accounting from George Washington University, she’s taught in several universities and published numerous articles in business and academic journals. Learning about the murderous politics of academic life turned her mind to crime. The fictional kind, of course! Her first mystery, “Beaned In Boston,” in which a lecherous professor perishes even though he was well published, was named to the Washington Irving Book Selection List. Her short story, “Even Steven,” was nominated for a Derringer Award. Gail writes spoofs for the Yonkers Tribune Webaper, YonkersTribune.com, and for a British website, TheSpoof.com. Gail shares a website, http://www.farrellysistersonline.com/, with her sister Rita, also a mystery writer.

The “takeover” is a done deal. 

And “real” birds (y’know the kind that chirp outside your window and poop on the windshield of your car) are all aflutter. As reported by a reporter who understands bird talk and listened in on their conversation, the birds were furious when they read on cbsnews.com that the Oxford English Dictionary has expanded the definition of the word “tweet.” A group of the birds almost lost it when they read these exact words in the article: The modern use of “tweet” was not popularized until the micro-blogging service Twitter launched in 2006. Its original definition of a sound that a bird makes remains intact.

“Talk about having our wings clipped,” chirped one of the birds to another, continuing, “are we supposed to be grateful that the original definition still remains?” The other bird agreed, exclaiming with complete disgust, “Birdbrains! This is progress?”

One of the older birds chirped his complaint, “It’s an outrage. We’ve been around for — well, just about forever — and those uppity upstarts just fly in and take over.” Another bird agreed, saying, “Twitter birdies are aren’t even real, for Pete’s sake, and they think they’re the greatest thing since sliced bread. No pedigree at all. Let them go back to the blogosphere where they belong.” 

A bluebird in the group started humming the melody of “Fly Me to the Moon,” the 1954 song written by Bart Howard. She thought it might calm the group. A bird who was listening said in a menacing tone, “I’d like to change one word in that tune. Yep, change the word Me to Them. “I like the sound of Fly THEM to the Moon.”

Agreement, laughs and applause all around from the birds, with one chirping, “And we’ll make it a one-way trip. No return required.” 

Bye-bye, Twitter birdies!

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Social Media Series  – Fifth Article of Five By GAIL FARRELLY will unfurl on Tuesday, October 23, 2018, at 9am Eastern Time.

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SMFS Short Story Saturdays: Gail Farrelly

SMFS Short Story Saturdays was born out of the very successful International Short Story Month this year. Each Saturday we feature a SMFS list member whose work can be read online for free. These short stories are at least a year old and were not previously linked to during the May 2018 Short Story Month event.

Today for SMFS Short Story Saturdays, Gail Farrelly shares “The Eyes Have It” archived at the Yonkers Tribune.

If you would like to be included and are a member of the SMFS list at yahoo groups, email the link to your story to KevinRTipple @ Verizon.net. If you are not a member, this would be a good time to check us out at Yahoo Groups.

 

Gail FarrellyTwitter Birdies Take Over Word TWEET, Real Birds Furious
By GAIL FARRELLY

Comments 5

  1. Well Roberta, Mary, and Mary Ellen, thanks for your vote for the REAL birdies. The Twitter birdies should just pack up and go home. LOL

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