Anyone who has spent time on Twitter knows the pain of making longer messages fit within the 140 character limit. You search desperately for those extra one or two characters you can drop. You invent new contractions. Heaven forbid, you may even resort to '1337' speak or txtmsg. Sometimes though, even these capitulations are not enough and you have to resort to what I am calling "Twitguistics"; the art of carefully massaging a Twitter message so it fits in 140 characters, usually denoted by slightly odd phrasing. These tweets should still be grammatically correct, yet are characterised by repositioning words to a position they normally wouldn't occupy. Take this example:
@pauljholden It's just a distraction. You must focus on the things you want to do. What will make you feel more satisfied at evening's end?Normally this sentence would end "at the end of the evening?", but rephrasing it as "evening's end?" saves you a useful 13 characters and brings you under the 140 character limit. These linguistic acrobatics have become commonplace as Twitter slowly replaces all other forms of communication.