Is Tween a real word?

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago
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    Yes.

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    Tween, tween. 1 (Biochemical)

    Any of a class of polyoxyethylene derivatives of fatty acid esters of sorbitan, several of which are extensively used as emulsifiers, solubilizers, and surfactants.

    tween. 2 colloq. (chiefly N. Amer.).

    A person who is nearly, or has only just become, a teenager.

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    tween. 3

    Aphetic form of atween ... between

    - Oxford English Dictionary

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    The OED also misses the computing/graphics meaning - to tween is to interpose a frame or frames interpolating between two images.

    I cite the OED only as extra evidence; dictionaries are not gatekeepers admitting words into the 'realness club' by inclusion. As Dude the Obscure says, many words are "real" by virtue of widespread and long-standing usage long before they get into dictionaries, and "tween" is one.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Sure. It's over 40 years old and has been used in speech and print many times; English-speaking people generally understand what it means; that's a good a definition of "real word" as any. Also, most dictionaries list it.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Yes. Tween refers to a child who is not so little, and yet not a teenager. 10-12 years old or so.

  • 9 years ago

    Doubt it.

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