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As you settle into Mastodon, be sure to learn the lingo:
- "toot": a tweet
- "tusking": starting a pointless fight with another user
- "woolly": going viral, as in "wow, that toot really went woolly"
- "extinction event": when a whole instance goes down

@nolan I would reserve "extinction event" for when the last Tweep migrates to these moisty pastures.

@timp hell yeah, in this timeline it's the birds that go extinct baby

@lmorchard awoo is untranslatable, that's like asking a Japanese person to define "wabi-sabi"

@spiderrobotpig ohhhh didn't even notice! Tusky doesn't do that, looks like fruit users have a different experience from droid users :)

@nolan "ice age": when there isn't any activity in the entire network of all instances.

@nolan maybe each instance will have it's own slang? cybre.space tooters florp, they don't fav things...

@compthink @nolan awoo.space tooters awoo, french tooters pouet...

@nolan I'm still not sure about the whole toot thing, but I'm down for woolly lol

@cc especially since the originating toot was woolly af

@nolan "I was tusking in a toot which went wooly and caused an extinction event" Like that?

@nolan Brilliant! What about "stampede" when an instance overloads with new registrations?

@nolan I've been using "Tusking" for blocking.

And "boosting" should be "trumpeting".

/me stomps down.

@nolan thanks a lot for the Mastodon terms, I'm learning

@Concerned_Catgirl @nolan I've seen woolly in use, although I think the first time I've seen it was today, so...

Other than that and toot, though...

@nolan I've experienced a number of extinction events. 2 of 3 prior instances are extinct.

@nolan
Giving these the official Mastolinguist☑️ seal of approval

So looks like I just recovered from an extinction event.

@nolan
You forgot:

"Mastodon network" - Inaccurate term, as the whole network also includes other software; the term "Fediverse" should rather be used

"Flagship instances" - A term that shouldn't even exist

"Auto-collapse of long posts" - A feature request that caused people to literally offer money to Gargron to finally accept it :blobderpy:

@nolan
I would like more attestation of these. Toot I know, but I've never heard the others. Let's call it #linguistics research: can you find me examples from before you posted if other people using these words?

@bstacey @nolan @DialMforMara Wait, people actually use those terms? I was SURE the original post was sarcastic...

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