• blog •
Part of Speech: Noun
Meaning: An open journal or diary kept on a Web page kept by a single person focusing on a particular topic or theme.
Notes: You may verbalize this word at will and a person who blogs is a blogger. If you are a member of the blog community, you live in Blogistan or up in the Blogosphere. The randomly curious as well as blognoscenti themselves can find a preliminary glossary by clicking here.
In Play: The World Wide Web has become an encyclopedia of the world by the world; even Wikipedia is superfluous. With the blog, the door is open for it to become an encyclopedia of the world's opinions written by the minds holding those opinions: "My friend, the biologist Brooke Trout, writes a bog frog blog about the habits of amphibians in the swamp behind her house."
Word History: Today's good word is a weird clipping of the term weblog "a journal posted on the Web" that first appeared in 1999. As you can see in the Notes above, the word has already spawned a lexicon of its own. You aren't likely to find the word in a dictionary just yet, but you soon will; it was Merriam-Webster's Word of the Year in 2004. (We would like to thank Good Word subscribers Paul Ogden and Eleanora Konwaler, among others, for insisting that we run this word.)
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