What do you call someone who impersonates someone else on Twitter?
No, I’m not about to introduce the word ‘twimpersonator’ on you.
Straight-talking Mick McCarthy, however, does have a word for people who impersonate others on Twitter.
He uses the word ‘cock.’
Talking about the perils of Twitter, as reported by the Guardian, he says:
“Someone said to me: ‘I’m a contact of yours on Twitter.’ I said: ‘You aren’t, mate, because I’m not on Twitter.’ He said: ‘Are you not, I’ve been talking to you for the past two years!’ I said: ‘Well, you are cock like the bloke who is doing it.’ Dear oh dear. I think cock is appropriate for someone who impersonates me on Twitter.”
On a more serious note, McCarthy also blames a Twittering footballer for a transfer deal collapsing. The offending player was Greg Halford, who tweeted that he’d seen Steve Sidwell in the stands. The next day, Sidwell signed for Fulham.
Halford’s Tweet read:
“With Steve Sidwell in the stands, read what you like into that.”
McCarthy now says:
“I think what really should highlight that [I won’t discuss transfer targets with the media] is we had Steve Sidwell at the Chelsea game. Some twit tweeted it and it became common knowledge. He is on the running machine here and having a fitness test the following day and his agent gets a call from Mark Hughes and he goes and signs for Fulham. Do you think that had anything to do with the gravepine or that Twitter line? I think it probably did.
“Players are going to get themselves into trouble over Twitter, I can tell. I can’t ban it and I’m not going to try. But they have to be careful what they say on it about the club and its policies. If they put a team selection up, which I’m sure some disgruntled numpty will at some stage, they will be in trouble.”
There’s a lesson in here for journalists too. It’s good to talk, but not too much, especially where stories are concerned.