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THEGUARDIAN.COM|由 BRIDGET CHRISTIE 上傳
In a Twitter Age, Even Bad News Like Layoffs Is on the Company Blog

In Era of Blog Sniping, Companies Shoot First

Published: November 4, 2008

SAN FRANCISCO — During past downturns, layoffs were mostly a private affair. Big companies tended to issue vague press releases filled with jargon about “downsizing,” and start-ups often gave people the pink slip without telling the world anything at all.

chirpy
ˈtʃəːpi/
adjective
informal
  1. cheerful and lively.
    "she looked positively chirpy"

WordNet: twitter
Note: click on a word meaning below to see its connections and related words.
The noun has one meaning:
Meaning #1: a series of chirps
Synonym: chirrup

The verb twitter has one meaning:
Meaning #1: make high-pitched sounds, as of birds
Synonym: chitter

中文(繁體) (Chinese (Traditional))
v. intr. - 吱吱叫, 啁啾, 格格地笑, 唧唧喳喳地講話, 顫抖
v. tr. - 嘁嘁喳喳地講, 抖動
n. - 鳥鳴聲, 慌張, 喋喋不休

日本語 (Japanese)
v. - さえずる, ぺらぺらしゃべる
n. - さえずり, そわそわ

snipe

(snīp) pronunciationn.
  1. pl. snipe or snipes.
    1. Any of various long-billed shore birds of the genus Gallinago or Capella, related to the woodcocks and sandpipers, especially the common, widely distributed species G. gallinago or C. gallinago.
    2. Any of various similar or related birds.
  2. A shot, especially a gunshot, from a concealed place.
intr.v., sniped, snip·ing, snipes.
  1. To shoot at individuals from a concealed place.
  2. To shoot snipe.
  3. To make malicious, underhand remarks or attacks.
[Middle English, probably from Old Norse -snīpa (as in m[ymacr]risnīpa, marsh snipe).]

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