Too much lingo is never enough!

Just when you thought you knew all the lingo you would need to get through that next cocktail party, bam!, this William Safire piece in the NYTimes opens up another can of worms.

Ed. Note: Trust the Old Grey Lady to deliver in our time of need. All hail the NY Times and “Punch” Sulzberger. Of course, if you’re like most liberal lawyer types you already have a lifetime subscription to the Times so you’ll always know the right “open minded” things to say. I mean, you can’t be open minded unless you’re told what to think, right?

Supplemental Ed. Note: While this post defines tags and del.icio.us, it is not the promised follow up about tags and tagging. Still, it’s a good introduction to the concepts that tagging employs.

But I digress. And now, our feature attraction (our thanks to Eric for posting this one):


MSM: mainstream media


above the fold
: “what we see on a blog’s screen before we begin to scroll down”

the jump: a place to which the blog’s readership is referred inside the Web site

sidebar
: a column down one side of the screen displaying advertisements, archived links or a blogroll

blogroll: a list of blogs to which the author subscribes

bye-line
: an adios or similar farewell at the end of the blogger’s politely expressed opinion or angry screed

wingnuts
: right-wing bloggers

moonbats
: left-wing bloggers

ping
: the gently noisy notification sent when a blog needs updating or has been updated

link love
: an unsolicited, posted link that aims only to amuse or interest

simultaneous blogasm
: the discovery that some other blogger has posted an identical thought at the same time

meme
: a type of online chain letter where bloggers answer questions to give a quick overview of their personality

tag
: a descriptive label applied to an individual post

delicious
: To del.icio.us someone is to add them to your delicious bookmarks.

blogerati
: people sophisticated in operating blogs

spam blogs, splogs
and zombie blogs: robot-generated posts meant to game search engines. [definition from former Blogger team member Biz Stone]

fisk
: When you take an article and reprint it on your blog adding your line-by-line critique.
From Robert Fisk, U.K. journalist.

Ed. Note: Here is an interesting and instructive note from Jason Goldman about the origin of the term and concept of the web log — “A Web log was and is ‘a log of requests that comes into a server’; it’s the domain of techie people and no fun to look at. But blog, though coined from ‘Web log,’ is a word open to all sorts of linguistic play that has taken on the meaning of ‘a personal web page.’ “

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