"Buzzwords" will be a good topic for the Online Publishing class this week, and where better to find examples than right here in the "blogosphere."
First up, Rex Hammock points out the difference in some "blog..." words:
Picky editing department: I'd lowercase the B on Blogger when talking about the term and I wouldn't link it to the website by the same name. But Rex did, so it stays. (See comments. Definitely the coolest publisher I know.)
Speaking of blogs, will the new PBS Web feature, MediaShift, be one? Its introductory page describes it this way, without the "b" word:
Your media world is swimming with music, movies, television, radio,
newspapers and the Internet. In jumps new forms of media such as blogs,
podcasts, wikis, citizen journalism, and RSS news readers -- all to
help you gain control and take action. MediaShift is your guide to the
digital media revolution. Mark Glaser hosts, but you're the star.
Well, Cyberjournalist says it's a blog, quotes Glaser calling it one, and offers some more details.
Here are some of the most-linked-to definitions on the Web:
Those last two sites will be good places to continue our buzzword exploration on Tuesday or Thursday. I've kept the full addresses visible as a reminder to discuss the sources, and a useful little tool called TinyURL.
The three-syllable mouthful I started this item with will be another word to explore. Usage examples:
That last one, which calls itself the coining of the term, suggests that the first syllable rhymes with "Pogo," not with "log." Keeping the "logos" together does make the word sound less like bass-o-matic and its ilk.