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Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Blog Neologisms 101: Take an existing word and hack it about a bit. Add or subtract a letter, or a syllable, and hey, presto!*
Right. On with the show. *sounnd fanfare* We proudly unveil, exclusively for your discerning eye, our latest neologism:
Neoblogism: Word coined to describe something in the blogosphere. Contains the word "blog," with smart-arse additions.
Now then. Continuing on from where we left of yesterday, part Two, for your delectation.
We have the simple stuff out of the way. Now we'll go for two- three- and four-letter additions. And we're gonna open it up to you. Leave a comment with your neoblogism and its definition, and if we like it, we'll pull it up here.
Update 1, 2006-05-17
First, a quick run through of some existing neoblogisms, so you don't re-invent the wheel: bloggerati and blognoscenti, blogorrhea, blawg, splog, bleg and blegging, blogroll, permalink, podcast. (Have we left out anything?)
Then, a quick mention of proper nouns that have become verbs, like Dooce and Fisk via the blogosphere, or have been verbiformed (we just made that one up), like slashdotted. (Got more?)
Then – coz it's our blog – our own contributions.
Blogabulary: words frequently used in the 'sphere. Including, but not limited to, neoblogisms. eg. Hit Counter, Track back, Hat Tip, Blogroll, link whore, link love.
Blogger Pradesh: The loose community of Indian bloggers.
(at) bloggerheads: Pick yer sides, there's a scrap happening in the 'sphere.
Bloggerel: Poetry on blogs.
Blugly: Terrible blog template.
Blongblong: The blog equivalent of blingbling. Membership badges, "Blog of the month in Transylvania" badges, the little national flags thingies showing you how many people from those countries are currently visiting, etc.
Oblogation: The compulsion you feel to reciprocate a blogroll link.
Now, we have work to finish, so we'll come back later to pull stuff in from the commentspace (which is a word we stole from Megha.
* This follows the grand tradition of the word "blog" itself, a portmanteau word which started out as "weblog" before the inevitable shortening took place. (If you're remotely interested, we wrote about the history of blogs for a magazine a few years ago. No site for the mag, but our copy is here.)
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