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Wednesday, August 3, 2005

That word again!

Rebecca asked about the citation I mentioned in this entry, and whether Peter was, in fact, credited with the coinage. I went to look again and realized that, in fact, my reference to Peter's comment appears to pre-date the comment itself. That may be because his quip was in an undated sidebar on his site. Anyway, here we are, sic transit gloria mundi, caveat lector, etcetera etcetera...


Note also that this appears to be a draft entry which, I take it, means it hasn't moved into the printed edition of the Oxford English Dictionary just yet.

The OED entry for "weblog", incidentally, cites Jorn Barger—rightly, I think—as being the first to use it in this sense in 1997 on his Robot Wisdom weblog. (Back then, of course, we knew it as http://www.mcs.net/~jorn/html/weblog.html.)

It is defined as "A frequently updated web site consisting of personal observations, excerpts from other sources, etc., typically run by a single person, and usually with hyperlinks to other sites; an online journal or diary."

That's the second definition, of course. The first definition for "weblog" is "A file storing a detailed record of requests handled (and sometimes also errors generated) by a web server." I remember back in the late 20th century when there was some concern people would hear the word "weblog" and not understand which sense was meant.

Thank heavens Peter Merholz came along and gave us a convenient shorthand, eh?
Posted by Brad on August 3, 2005 at 9:08 PM | (2) |
Categories: Weblog Community
Tags: weblog | blog | peterme | oed


that is so freakin' cool.

Comment by eric  on  August 4, 2005  at  10:12 AM

interesting cite. I remember that Peter was corresponding with someone from the OED some years ago about this entry. I do hope they're willing to add his coinage to the final entry. a note in the sidebar should surely have as much weight as a note in the main body of the site, eh? smile

Comment by rebecca blood  on  August 10, 2005  at  10:21 AM

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