Separated by a Common Twitter competition

I've just announced (in several <140 character parts) a competition over on the Twitter feed.

Here's what I tweeted (with added linkage for you blog-based readers):

Competition: RT to me a tweet (not by u) that is (unintentionally) so full of Americanisms or Briticisms that it would flummox a UKer/USer.

The prize: I'll send you a packet of whatever cookies/biscuits you most miss from UK or US.

My entry to competition: RT @Nancy4Brighton...the Speaker has interrupted PMQs to ask MPs to stop 'barracking' - it puts the public off...

Competition deadline: midnight Greenwich time, Friday.


Obviously, the intended audience for this competition is expatriates who are missing their baked goodies, but if you'd like me to use the post to send you some biscuits/cookies that you could buy at your local shop/store if only you weren't too internet-addicted to get out of your chair, well, I can do that too.

(The plan is to buy biscuits/cookies in one country, carry them to other country and post while I will try to send you biscuits/cookies, I cannot guarantee that you won't get a package full of ex-biscuits/cookies, aka crumbs.)

I'll post winning entries on the blog this weekend.


  1. Is that midnight 00:00 or 24:00?

  2. I'm more puzzled by the term RT. What's that mean?

  3. Ah, that would be McVities Rich Tea Biscuits. But, I don't use Twitter, so I don't get anyone's tweets.

  4. @Robbie RT is tweet-speak for "Re-Tweet." It's basically copying someone else's twitter post (or "tweet").

  5. Ooh, good point, Tony Finch. I'd meant end of Friday, but that's not what I said, is it? Oh well, I'll leave things open till end of Friday, and if people get their entries in earlier, then good for them!

  6. Thanks, Amy! I broadly picked up the meaning from context, but always nice to know what the letters stand for!


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AmE = American English
BrE = British English
OED = Oxford English Dictionary (online)