Zounds! The words are coming to an end.
zounds— everyword (@everyword) June 6, 2014
Automated Twitter handle @everyword, which has been tweeting its way through the English language, one word every half hour since 2007, is expected to hit the end this weekend.
Then what? The account's more than 98,000 followers are waiting to see.
Andrew Parrish, a New York University professor, built the feed in 2007. In an interesting interview with the Guardian, @everyword's creator said he started the account becuase he was wary of Twitter:
"In late 2007, Twitter was a new thing. It was an exciting time, but I was a Twitter skeptic. The way I saw it, people were posting meaningless things, totally out of context. I wanted to satirize the brevity of Twitter messages would be to make a bot that would post individual words. But now I see Twitter differently. It's kind of a magical writing experiment, and it's amazing that so many people participate."
zoundses— everyword (@everyword) June 6, 2014
Since then, @everyword has tweeted more than 109,000 words. Parrish has said he doesn't remember where he got the list of words for the Twitter bot, and also hasn't revealed what the final word will be.
The words that got the biggest reaction over the years aren't all that surprising -- "sex" and "weed" are among the most retweeted.
The Washington Post has a fun story about the account, including this odd coincidence:
"It reached 'woman' just as Jill Abramson's ouster from the New York Times leaked onto Twitter."
In a 2011 blogpost, Parrish said it's been interesting to watch reactions to the account:
"For the most part, the reactions are postive! It's satisfying when someone is amused by a word that they didn't know excited (or that they hadn't considered to be a 'word') or when someone finds unexpected synergy between a word that just got posted and something that is happening in their lives."
zoysia— everyword (@everyword) June 6, 2014
Yeah, I had to look that last one up. It's a creeping perennial grass from southeastern Asia and New Zealand.
Too bad "the end" doesn't start with "z."