What’s a twoosh? According to the Urban Dictionary, it’s a perfect, 140 char tweet.
Roberto, a friend who’s very active on Twitter, asked what I thought the rules would be to qualify for a Twoosh and, unlike the pretty lax rules set forth by Lance Ulanoff on PC Magazine a couple of years ago, I think we should stick to fewer, stricter rules for Twooshes to qualify as artistic expressions.
Here is my proposal:
- Complex concepts and long, unusual words welcome and earn bonuses
- No tricks – no abbreviations, no word/number replacements and the like. URL shorteners are allowed, though.
- Correct, full punctuation. This includes single blanks after full stops, commas, semicolons etc.; dashes should have single blanks before AND after.
- Slang and other grammatically incorrect expressions allowed AS LONG as they fit in the general style of the text.
I responded to Roberto that I consider the Twoosh a modern version of the Koan or of the Limerick – remember those?
Baffles me that no-one has (yet) thought of a Twoosh competition, would it not be a neat idea for a SXSW event?