Apparently, what you tweet can say a lot about who you are. It's an evolving truism that even socio-linguists are hip to. Just last month, a study was presented at a linguistics conference in Scotland that looked at possible connections between what people tweet and their gender.
The study gives word nerds like me the opportunity for all kinds of fun. Before getting down to it, check out the list of the most gender-skewed words from the study. These are the words that were determined to be the most predictive of a Tweeter's gender:
Using the above chart, the most feminine tweet possible would be something like:omg girl! totally cute etsy dress shopping, yay! hubby miss birthday, soo sad-sigh- hate husband today, baby miss yummy dinner tomorrow lol
See? You'd never guess that Tweet was composed by a married man who never forgets his wife's birthday, has a significant respect for the treasure trove that is crafts site Etsy, and isn't afraid to admit it to the world.
Now, looking at the more ludicrous part of the chart, the most masculine tweet possible would read more like:Googled google, Google results missing http. Mayb need http when use http://google.com? No answer at Google or http://google.com Google fail
Let's hope we're more interesting in face-to-face conversation than we are in this most algorithmically gender-predictive tweet, guys. If not, it might explain why the ladies are spending more time tweeting about Etsy and chocolate and hair than us.… Read more