I played poker last night with a Chinaman, a Hindu, and an American. Guess who took all our money. Haha. Just kidding. No, but he really did win. But it's not because he as a moneygrubbing soulless American ... oh wait.

I cannot stand the word "blog." I shudder and cringe everytime I see that word. It's new the new word trend du jour ... and it makes me sick.

For those of you who have been spared of knowing of its experience, it is a shortened version of the word "weblog," which is the exact same thing as a journal.

Side note: Some "bloggers" will argue that journals are quite different than "blogs." That is true to a certain extend. But in the end, who is doing the writing? A "blog" is a journal that is written for an audience, and I make absolutely no distinction between the two.

Back when I was journaling back in 1998, blogs had a different name - "e/n." Yes, if you remember the e/n craze, you are an oldie. E/N meant everything/nothing, which represented the content base for a lot of journals back then.

But why? Why do I hate the word "blog" so much? Part of it is because the word itself means nothing. It doesn't associate itself with any word that's useful. Go up to someone new and say "I have a blog." When they look at you blankly, say, "I have a weblog."

They will still stare at you blankly.

Now tell them, "I have an internet journal." Watch them understand.

My second reason for hating the word is more superficial - I hate the way it sounds, it looks, and spells. I've never been particularly fond of the bl- or -og letter combinations; there aren't too many "good" words that are associated with it. I mean, "blog?!" It sounds like the crap that comes back up after you've had one too many shots of vodka. "I blogged all over the floor ... sorry."

I mean, look at all the sound to represent disgust: "Bleck." And -og just is too close to words I dont like: log (not the tree type either), mog, bog ... the -og just doens't seem very _strong_ and just has a bad connotation for me.

I'm down with creating new words, but the word for an internet journal should has some links with an existing word (and not weblog).
Posted by roy on July 25, 2003 at 07:50 AM in Poker | 10 Comments

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Comment posted on July 25th, 2003 at 08:56 PM
internet journal sounds pretentious. But blog doesn't sound right either...maybe someone can come up with a new catchy word for a internet journal. Like echive(the e is for electronic) and its a play of archive...eh???eh???...please don't kick me off tabulas
Comment posted on July 25th, 2003 at 03:51 PM
i had blog on my title page, but i changed it. go check it out!
Comment posted on July 25th, 2003 at 04:41 PM
Sigh. Remind me to smack you silly the next time I see you.
Comment posted on July 25th, 2003 at 11:40 AM
BLOG! i hope it makes u sick.
haha eh you are very funny you know. how come you started with talking about playing poker then you suddenly side track and start complaining about blog. dont make sense at all. haha
Comment posted on July 25th, 2003 at 12:37 PM
sigh. :P

i'm not sure. this is a journal of just whatever tickles my mind. so i guess ... it's whatever ;)
Comment posted on July 25th, 2003 at 11:31 AM
ack "internet journal" makes me cringe :P for some reason, it makes people think like its a tabloid of your life or something.
Comment posted on July 25th, 2003 at 12:36 PM
yeah it kinda does. but i still prefer journal over blog any day of the week.
Comment posted on July 25th, 2003 at 10:42 AM
hahahah BLOG BLOG BLOG BLOG! ppl do know what a blog is! u'd be surprised!!! we're coming up in the world. hahahahahaha! but i use the words interchangably.
Comment posted on July 25th, 2003 at 08:03 AM
okay okay roy, we all know you hate the word blog, this is like your 8th entry crying about how much the word sucks.
we also know e/n was better (i agree of course)
now give it a rest
i know you just let me win poker so i'd come back and lose to you big next time ;)
and you can never have too many shots of vodka, only an INEXPERIENCED drinker would say something foolish like that ;)
Comment posted on July 25th, 2003 at 09:35 AM
What are you saying?! I've never written about my dislike of the word blog before!