Here's What Happens When a Dinosaur and a Dictionary Get Into a Twitter Fight

We’ve all seen our fair share of celebrity Twitter beefs, but few have been quite so nerdy as the recent social media showdown between SUE the T. rex and the Merriam-Webster dictionary, according to Mashable.

The two make unlikely—but formidable—opponents: SUE, who’s owned by the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, is the largest, best-preserved, and most complete T. rex ever found. As for Merriam-Webster, the seminal American dictionary revolutionized the English language by changing and standardizing spellings, and adding words like skunk, hickory, and applesauce to our official printed lexicon.

Even though SUE’s been dead for some 60 million-odd years, the dino's social media alter ego was feeling feisty when it tweeted the survey below:

"Random feuds" won with a 32 percent vote. SUE obliged fans, and tweeted a subtle dig at Merriam-Webster’s account. Not surprisingly, the famously sassy social media account had a cutting retort in store:

Twitter users watched the exchange unfold, and tweeted their own reactions to the drama.

SUE tacitly admitted defeat with the below tweet…

…and also re-tweeted a user who pointed out that even the most fearsome of fossils shouldn't pick a war of words with the mighty Merriam-Webster dictionary.

[h/t Mashable]

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See What a Trailer for The Empire Strikes Back Might Look Like in 2020

Do or do not watch this trailer. There is no 'try.'
Do or do not watch this trailer. There is no 'try.'
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Special effects, cinematography trends, and acting styles may have changed over the last 40 years, but Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) remains one of the most beloved film sequels—even among younger generations of Star Wars fans—to this day.

The trailer, on the other hand, seems pretty outdated, mainly due to the voiceover narration that expels lofty phrases like “an epic of romance, of heroes and villains,” and “a galactic odyssey against oppression.” To see what The Empire Strikes Back would look like with today’s trailer standards, YouTube user AD_edits created a new one, which relies on dialogue from the film itself to set the stage for the galactic odyssey against oppression.

As Nerdist points out, AD_edits’s trailer also manages to hint at important plot points without giving too much away, like mentioning that Luke must find a great Jedi master without revealing Yoda’s identity. The original, meanwhile, contains a couple outright spoilers—it shows, for example, Darth Vader sitting at the head of the table in Cloud City, waiting to ambush Han Solo and Princess Leia. Viewers might not have realized the significance when they saw the split-second clip in the trailer, but it would probably ruin the surprise when they watched the actual film.

Of course, there was always the possibility certain parts of the trailer could’ve ended up on the cutting room floor before the movie hit theaters, which has definitely happened before. The Cloud City scene made the final cut, but some storylines from earlier in the filmmaking process weren’t so lucky—in fact, most of the first draft for The Empire Strikes Back was completely scrapped. Find out about Darth Vader’s gargoyle-filled castle, Han Solo’s stepfather, and other axed ideas here.

[h/t Nerdist]