Exploring the use of ‘stretchable’ words in social media Analysis of 100 billion tweets provides new insights into linguistic patterns

In spoken and written language, stretched words can modify the meaning of a word. For instance, “suuuuure” can imply sarcasm, while “yeeessss” may indicate excitement. Stretched words are rare in formal writing, but the rise of social media has opened up new opportunities to study them.

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