Blog vs. Blog

On a slightly related note: isn’t it funny how certain segments of Internet users have appropriated the word “blog” to mean a post in a comments section? I’ve been noticing this for a while now, and you generally only see it on the Web sites of papers like the Register, whose readers have learned to leave comments but are generally not very Internet savvy. They know that a “blog” is some kind of online writing, but they probably don’t read any blogs and thus don’t distinguish between them and reader comments (which, however, can be integral parts of blogs). I’ve also heard both reporters and sources, many police officers for example, slip into this usage without thinking about it. I wonder whether this will become a widespread use of the word “blog” or fade away as people have more interaction with both blogs and comment sections.

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