A blog by any other name… would sound more sweet

November 25, 2008

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When speaking with smart, hip, literate and esthetically-attuned folks such as yourself… I sometimes hear of a lingering resistance to blogs and blogging that has alot to do with the words “blog” and “blogging.”

Yes, I know that “blog” was born of “web” plus “log.”  But that doesn’t make it right.  It just makes it the ungainly child of two rather plain parents.

A brief historical digression: the 16th century French writer Michel de Montaigne created the modern essay (or Essai, as you can see in his title page above) from the French verb meaning “to try, attempt, have a go at something.” But what if instead of Essai, he had chosen to call it a Schtrumpfwaffel or Shplaff or Dreck? Maybe high school students across the world today wouldn’t be writing essays in order to get into college.  They’d be procrastinating on their shplaffs, or else inscribing magical spells on birch bark.

So, in the dubious name of progress, I’d like to propose some alternatives.  Hopefully you’ll have some even better ideas.

Yes, you.

Combining…

Yields…

Sounds Like…

web + log blog blob, slog, slob, frog, bog, slug
live + journal vejournal vegernal, something either anatomical or vegan-related, or both.
journal + vif journavi journey, bonjovi, other rock bands from the ’70s and ’80s.
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5 Responses to “A blog by any other name… would sound more sweet”

  1. Wendy W. said

    how about advertising? I mean is that not what we do when we blog?
    or Web penning? Or Web Pen hey wait how about Webeese?

  2. […] My friend Kevin has issued a challenge. As a fellow blogger (We hang out at the Bloggers Club together.) he has decided to find a better word for the techno-nounverb BLOG. Any suggestions would be appreciated by us all! […]

  3. Nick Scoullar said

    How about: Update.

  4. splogger said

    Now how about: burogu? Japanese for “blog”, but all those extra vowels (and r instead of l) makes it sound so more melodious.

  5. Karen said

    We’ve all pretty much gotten used to “blog” and “blogger.” And variations like blogoaholic and splogger. It’s like the layout of the keyboard. Maybe Q doesn’t need to be above A but good luck changing it getting people to adapt!

    Anyway there’s like books about blogging. So it’s pretty much set in stone. Or wood pulp.

    Speaking of wood pulp. Monkey tea? Sounds like some dirty water in which the monkeys have been soaking. Yum!

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