Dictionary Catches Up With Blogs

Merriam-Webster Inc. has announced that “blog” was one of the most looked-up words on its Internet sites this year.

The company said most online dictionary queries were for uncommon terms, but people also turned to its Web sites for words in news headlines.

“That is what occurred in this year’s election cycle … with voluminous hits for words like ‘incumbent,’ ‘electoral,’ ‘partisan,’ and, of course, our number one Word of the Year, ‘blog,”‘ Merriam-Webster President and Publisher John Morse said in a statement.

If you look up the word on the company’s website, though, you find that the word is only available at Merriam-WebsterCollegiate.com, which you have to pay to use. If you have a subscription, though, drop us a line and let us know how their lexicographers defined it.

Update: Reader Antti A. writes from Finland to provide Merriam-Webster’s def.

Function: noun
Etymology: short for Weblog
Date: 1999
a Web site that contains an online personal journal with reflections, comments, and often hyperlinks provided by the writer
– blogger noun
– blogging noun

So now you know.


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