Merriam-Webster has declared that the most searched term on their site in 2004 is the word “blog.” The top ten list includes a word that I had not heard or read before: “peloton.”
What is the meaning of people looking up the meaning of the word “blog” online? Three possibilities:
- The word “blog” is so incredibly undescriptive that readers need to figure out its derivation, meaning or even pronunciation.
- Blogging is so popular these days (apparently there are now 4.8 million blogs) that newcomers to the word “blog” are curious.
- Bloggers, who are not always the most scrupulous group of folks in history, set up a program to carefully deluge the Merriam-Webster website with requests for the definition of the word “blog.”