No, it’s not a dirty word.
But “twoosh master” is how the commander in chief recently referred to his Twitter prowess after he managed to type a message using up the micro-blogging site’s entire 140 character allowance. (That’s apparently a “Twitter swoosh,” and no, we hadn’t heard the term before either.)
Now, here’s President Obama’s supposedly masterful tweet:
As the Atlantic Wire points out, there are a couple of problems with the president’s micro-missive. For one, note the space between “wind” and the comma following it — that’s an extra, wholly unnecessary character. Knock it down to 139.
Not only that, Obama apparently added an extra space after the “-bo” tag, prompting Twitter’s character counter to read zero when there really was one character left. Knock it down to 138.
Finally, New York Magazine adds that “bio fuels” is actually one word. Knock it down to 137. (They also suggest the period at the beginning of the tweet takes up an extra space right from the start; it’s a tough call, but adding that period is a savvy way to ensure the message will show up in all of your followers’ timelines. We’re inclined to let it stand.)
Only 137 characters? Twoosh denied.