July 11, 2007 at 5:03 pm (blog, blog rules, blogging, humour)
The New York Times has a fun article on the invention of new words – neologisms. I love this myself, having coined a mass of new words for blogs here and here. I’ve decided to call these new words neoblogisms.
Apparently, ginormous is a neologism (and one of my favourites!) – the contraction of gigantic and enormous. It somehow expresses the biggerness of something. Humongous even.
One I never heard of before but will start using is Googlegänger: “the other person who shows up in Google search results when people search for you”. Every time people search for me (the real me that is…not Shazgood…) they get a slightly famous actor in the English tv series The Bill. My girlfriends Googleganger is a more famous, real serial mass murderer…honestly!
They say that this is a word in search of a definition: mucknut. How about “people who visit music festivals in July in Ireland” …see the picture below!
One we coined during our recent “winter of builders” was “glumpy”. A mix of gloomy and grumpy. Catches the weight of it perfectly, don’t you think! Kinda lumpy, heavy, down. Thankfully, the builders eventually left and we’re grand now.
June 13, 2007 at 5:28 pm (blog, blog rules, blogging, humour)
As a follow-on to my earlier piece on new blog names, here’s some more:
Bludgeon: A blog that thinks being crude and angry will convince people
Blade: A very sharp blog, full of witty, cutting asides
Blow: An awful blog with lewd and unusually graphic displays of human body parts
Bloody Mary: A blog devoted purely to alcohol. Closely associated to a bleery and can look like a blur to the reader. There are more of these than is strictly healthy.
Blimey: A posting that makes you think “not many people know that”.
Bloomer: A blog that keeps getting better with age.
Bloat: A blog loaded down with huge graphics being downloaded over a 28k modem. Or the feeling one gets after posting a blodge. Ugh.
Blouse: A frilly, pink-coloured bling.
Bligger: Blog that coat-tails off other popular blogs. Turns up at blogs uninvited and doesn’t bring anything to the party.
June 5, 2007 at 5:42 pm (blog, blog rules, slang)
In the wonderful world of blogs, there are many different kinds. The only rule is, those new words must all begin with “bl”:
Blink: A very, very short blog post, so short, if you blink it’s gone
Blong: A blog that takes forever to read because of all the comments attached. Pronounced “belong”, as in the readers all belong to the post.
Bling: A very fancy blog, with lots of funny text and bouncing images etc.
Blah: An angry posting, just used to vent rage against the world
Blubber: Crying over your misfortunes online. Sad.
Blabber: A mix between a blah and a blubber. Doubly sad.
Blush: A blog entry that one comes to regret later with dread.
Blip: A blinky blush.
Blag: A blog with attitude
Blast: A fun blog
Bleery: A drunken entry. (Normally you’d say bad spelling is the giveaway to identifying a bleery, but on the web that rule doesn’t work…)
Blame: A lame blog
Blimp: A very lame blog
Blur: The way any blog looks when the reader is drunk
Blue: A rude blog
Blogerospasm: Inability to stop blogging
Blodge: A stodgy blog
May 24, 2007 at 3:39 pm (blog rules)
Gee, here it is, my first ever blog post. No one will be reading, or will they? (Existential dilemma no. 1 – am I alone in this “universe”?)
Funny thought No. 1: if I thought someone was looking over my shoulder as I write these words, then I’d almost die of embarassment. Like they were reading my inner thoughts. Or catching me peeing into a garden late at night. Or being caught looking at a girl’s breasts for too long. But if someone reads it when I’m finished, why should I feel any different? Hmmm…dunno.
Okay, some ground rules for this, my first and probably only blog. First rule is, I have no single topic that I’d like to write on. My mind wanders too much for that. I am amazed when people can spend months or years writing complex blogs about the uppercase (char) routine in Visual Basic, or the exact composition of the soil in the wine-growing Chateau-neuf-de-pape region of France. Or whatever. In fact, I get amazed they can do it for more than 10 minutes frankly. However, that doesn’t mean that I don’t admire these people, or even envy them. It’s just that I cannot be like them. So, my blog will wander off in all sorts of random ways that even I cannot predict now. That breaks the rule all those “how to make money blogging” guides tell you to follow. Who cares?
My second rule will be: I will try and avoid obscenities, rudeness, racist remarks, sexist remarks, and other obvious offensive language. It’s not because I’m prudish or PC. It’s because 1) I’m past all that, 2) I think it’s unedifying and boring, 3) It doesn’t add anything new, and 4) There are times it offends gratuitously.
My third rule is: This blog is for me and me only. If anybody else ever reads it I’ll be amazed.
My last rule: Have fun.