August 19, 2009

What's In A Name?

Several alert readers have noted that in my King for a Day post I used the term "blogsphere" instead of "blogosphere" and asked if that was deliberate or a typo.

In fact, it's deliberate.

I don't like the word "blogosphere". Yes, I know it's supposed to capture the idea of the Greek logos. Yes, I believe the guy who originally conceptualized this mad web of overlapping bloviation coined its name in this form. But to me, "Blogo" sounds like the name of some Balkan communist partisan leader and is, frankly, off-putting.

So I'm sticking with "blogsphere".

Posted by Robert at August 19, 2009 09:06 AM | TrackBack

Plus it is way too close to Blagojevichosphere

Posted by: steve at August 19, 2009 10:20 AM

Very true and another good reason. But I disliked the word long before Blago swam into the national ken.

Posted by: Robbo the LB at August 19, 2009 11:23 AM

I like Blago. Sure he's a corrupt politician, but at least he's an entertaining corrupt politician.

Posted by: rbj at August 19, 2009 01:06 PM

Bill Quick, in 2002.

Your memory is very good, Robbo.

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.

Never really been a reader of his site.

Posted by: The Abbot at August 20, 2009 06:52 PM