May 16, 2022

Cool Tools: When The New York Times First Says It, This Twitter Bot Tracks It

From The NY Times:

The bot [@NYT_first_said] is a computer program that scrapes The Times’s website hourly for new articles and compares them against a memory bank of words the paper has previously used. The bot then tweets the words that appear to be new. On a typical day, it posts a handful of tweets, comprising neologisms, scientific terms, words in foreign languages and the occasional typo.


To date, @NYT_first_said has tracked more than 13,000 first appearances in The Times. Many of the most popular ones have come when The Times has used colorful slang — like “thiccc,” “hypebeasts” and “shooketh.”

Direct to @NYT_first_said Bot

Note: Along with @NYT_first_said another twitter bot, nyt_said_where/with_replies (from the same developer), provides the sentence along with a link to the source article where the word first appeared.

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About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.