Tweet snark

As some of you know, I don’t know anything about Twitter. So, I asked for help on how to improve this blog using Twitter. I got a lot of good advice and I now use Twitter to send notices of my posts.

I also indicated previously that I would use Twitter in only one direction–that is, outbound. For the time being, I decided that I would not respond to tweets. To be honest, I just figured out how to find tweets sent to me on Twitter this very day.

Anyway, today, I also found something related to Twitter that I absolutely adore. It is what I will call “Tweet snark.”  Here’s an example: Adam Liptak, the New York Times reporter, tweeted on August 27, 2013 at 9:39 am: “Judge Kopf explains why he doesn’t talk to the press” and then he kindly added a link to this blog. Richard Friedman, who is a retired lawyer, responded simply, “A/k/a Dumkopf.”

Friedman’s response is wonderful–it is reasonably good “tweet snark.” What’s even better is that Richard doesn’t know how to speel. Achtung: It’s not “Dumkopf,” Mr. Friedman, it’s “Dummkopf.”

Anyway, I am absolutely delighted by my find. I may rethink my use of Twitter.


11 responses

  1. Gray,

    I was wondering who might find this little land mine. You get the prize. Frankly, I used that non-word (in English) to take the sting out of my faulting the fellow for failing to “speel” dummkopf correctly.

    All the best.


  2. Cousin, I’d be more than happy to guide you in the ways of online snark, but ultimately it is the low-lying fruit of the marketplace of ideas — attractive, but little food for thought.

    Glad to see you writing, and did a double-take when I heard your name mentioned on the car radio.

    Nice spiel, despite the “speel”

  3. David,

    Gosh, what a surprise! So good to hear from you. I think of your dad more than you might think.
    Anyway, you must keep in touch. Say a special hello to your brother and sister.


  4. Will do. I’ll reach out via the gmail account listed under your “contact me” page.

    Yep, I think about dad all the time. I wish he was around to see the girls grow up.

    That said, mom is doing great. She’s over all the time, and I think the girls keep her young.

    Georgie will get a hoot out of your blog. BTW, I’m not sure if you’re aware, but he wrote an interesting book about the family:

  5. David,

    I feel terrible. I didn’t mean to ignore your mother. Please give her my very best.

    By the way, I referred to George’s book in one of my posts. That post is here.

    I look forward to hearing from you.


  6. Corey,

    I don’t have the slightest idea what you mean, but I assume that’s a good (or at least fun) thing.

    All the best.


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