Monday, July 2nd, 2007...11:35 am
A Brief History Of The Most Loathed Word On The Internet: Blogosphere
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There was a recent poll conducted which produced a flawed list of the ten most hated words on the Internet. Coming in at number two behind folksonomy was the word blogosphere.
I demand a recount!
Blogosphere is clearly the most widely ridiculed and irritating word to spawn from the Internet in the last decade. The only possible explanation is they used chimps to tally the votes.
A brief history of a stupid word
This isn’t so much the history of the word blogosphere as it is a short guide on who to blame for its creation. So grab your pitchfork if you have one.
The term blogosphere was first coined by Brad L. Graham on September 10th 1999 in a post bemoaning the shortening of “weblog” to “blog”.
Peter Merholz decided it would be fun to pronounce “weblog” as “wee’blog” and I thought that was kind of cute. Then folks started truncating that to merely “blog” and — ugh! — it’s stuck!
Despite its whimsical provenance, it’s an awkward, homely little word. Goodbye, cyberspace! Hello, blogiverse! Blogosphere? Blogmos? (Carl Sagan: “Imagine billions and billions and billions of blogs.”)
It didn’t catch on, but on January 1st 2002, William Quick recoined the term and claimed it as his own.
I PROPOSE A NAME for the intellectual cyberspace we bloggers occupy: the Blogosphere. Simple enough; the root word is logos, from the Greek meaning, variously: In pre-Socratic philosophy, the principle governing the cosmos, the source of this principle, or human reasoning about the cosmos; Among the Sophists, the topics of rational argument or the arguments themselves. (The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language)
Unfortunately this time around “blogosphere” found a place in the Internet lexicon, and we’ve been stuck with it ever since. Thanks guys.