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  1. JT says:

    Twitter will ruin the English language. I cannot wait until it is replaced with some other newer, hotter technology. That said, isn’t “tweet” actually a term that describes the sound a bird makes?

  2. Jon Siegel says:

    Yes, before “tweet” became a term associated with Twitter, it was already an English word with a meaning. But so are a lot of trademarks, such as “Crest,” “Ivory,” “Tide,” and “Bold.” So there’s no rule against taking an English word and appropriating it as a trademark for a particular product, so long as it is not the generic term for the product in question (e.g. “toothpaste” for toothpaste) or a term that merely describes the product (e.g. “cotton” for clothing). Everyone is still entitled to use the words “Crest,” “Ivory,” etc.; we just can’t use them on competing products or in other commercial ways that would cause customer confusion.

  3. And we’re also allowed to use the word “Tweet” to describe posts on Twitter.