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Apr. 1st, 2007 | 11:56 am
posted by: faustin in kirezov_english

A neologism is a new word. A word that has just recently been invented and found wide usage in a language.

Blogosphere is, itself, a new word. The blogosphere refers to all the people who are writing and reading blogs, or web journals.

I wonder whether, because of technology, because of higher rates of efficiency and productivity, because of the low costs of sharing and distributing and thus the much higher speeds of transmitting "viral" ideas, we can now see the spread of new words happen much more quickly.

Here's an example of a new word from the blogosphere: fisking.

Here's a wikipedia article on fisking: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fisking

fisking = A point-by-point refutation of a blog entry or (especially) news story.

The story behind the origin of this particular word is especially interesting, because it comes from a reporter's last name --- Robert Fisk, and specifically from a story in which he retold his experience of being stoned by Afghani civilians who were angry over the US' war in Afghanistan. Fisk is basically a post-modern anti-western idiot, and his article attracted strong, critical responses from many pundits, who proceeded to tear his article apart point-by-point.

To heighten the irony: Fisk has never used a blog or even email and, as of 2004, didn't know what a blog was, nor what the term "fisking" meant.

Another colorful line from the Wikipedia article: the British newspaper The Observer defined fisking as "savaging an argument and scattering the tattered remnants to the four corners of the internet"

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