Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Weblogs: AnnoyoPundits

(via Brown Bag Blog)

"Neologisms are such a delicate art. Alas, the internet does not lend itself to delicacy.

Thus we end up with such smuodgy words as Instapundit, Polipundit, Electablog, Blogebrity, Econopundit, Econoblog (both the original and the Wall Street Journal’s ripoff), Idiocentrism, the unimaginative Conservablog, the unpronounceable Eduwonk, the unforgiveable Professor Pollkatz, Liblog (which sounds like the front half of the Vulcan “howdy”), Scarleteen, Feminary, Truthout, PrestoPundit, Baldilocks (who despite, or arguably because of, her politics is cute as a button), Islamicate, Negrophile (which invokes an unformable office worker joke), and a dozen other cutesy names formed from words that were never meant to be smuodged together.

What is it with these bad attempts at catchy marketing? Even tongue in cheek, half of these sound like such un-adultish desperate pleas for attention and run together like that all of them sound, frankly craptarded.

Sure, it’s a jungle out there, but not so much for the dangers as for the cacophony."

(Conflations are not neologisms! I do like Feminary, Scarleteen and Velveteen Rabbi though.)


At 9:29 PM, Blogger Mister said...

Thanks for the distinction between neologism and contraction. It's been a few years since I took my college linguistics class and all I remember from that was the term "interdental fricative" plus some corny joke about being a "morpheme addict."

I would like to get credit coining both the verb "to smuodge" and the adjective "smuodgy" however. Although I cannot define them, they were the perfect words for my context.

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At 12:21 AM, Blogger Twerpette said...

I love interdental fricatives! Bilabials too.

Nice coins. See today's post on whcih accepts neologisms for its catalog.


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