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LACMA And Merriam-Webster Are Now Officially BFF On Twitter

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Like all great love stories of our time, it began with a tweet. It was a Monday morning like any other when someone on LACMA's social media team decided it was time to start a conversation/challenge with presidential subtweet champion Merriam-Webster.

Merriam-Webster's social person appeared more than happy to engage on the correct name for the slip-painted Xochipala style ceramic sculpture from 900-500 B.C.

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Oh, a kinker... Duh! Next up...

LACMA was apparently super excited about the newfound thing they had going with the dictionary, because this was their next tweet... which, TBH, felt a little needy to us, but then again Merriam-Webster still hasn't adequately responded to my multiple questions about whether or not their social person is single, so what do I know.

Merriam-Webster didn't seem to take it that way though, and they UPPED their game:

A little less than two hours later, Merriam-Webster's social person appeared to have taken their aforementioned lunch break, because they responded with this:

And so it continued...

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And continued...

By 2:40 p.m. PST, someone at Merriam-Webster must have realized that this kind of social media engagement is what web traffic clicks ARE MADE OF, because they had transformed the tweetstorm into an actual post:

LACMA got the ball rolling again this morning, and the back and forth has been continuing all day.

That was three hours ago, but LACMA does not yet appear to have returned from lunch. Or maybe they finally read The Rules and decided it was time to play a little harder to get. Regardless, Merriam-Webster is still hyping the budding romance:

We anxiously await the inevitable Urban Light engagement photos.