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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1998, short for weblog (which is attested from 1994, though not in the sense "online journal"), from (World Wide) Web + log. Joe Bloggs (c.1969) was British slang for "any hypothetical person" (compare U.S. equivalent Joe Blow); earlier blog meant "a servant boy" in one of the college houses (c.1860, see Partridge, who describes this use as a "perversion of bloke"), and, as a verb, "to defeat" in schoolboy slang. The Blogger online publishing service was launched in 1999.


Etymology 1 n. (context Internet English) A website that allows users to reflect, share opinions, and discuss various topics in the form of an online journal, sometimes letting readers comment on their posts. Most blogs are written in a slightly informal tone (personal journals, news, businesses, etc.) Entries typically appear in reverse chronological order. vb. (context blogging English) To contribute to a blog. Etymology 2

vb. (context British slang English) To blag, to steal something; To acquire something illegally. Etymology 3

n. (context dated fandom slang jocular English) (alternative case form of Blog English)


n. a shared on-line journal where people can post diary entries about their personal experiences and hobbies [syn: web log]


A blog (a truncation of the expression weblog) is a discussion or informational site published on the World Wide Web consisting of discrete entries ("posts") typically displayed in reverse chronological order (the most recent post appears first). Until 2009, blogs were usually the work of a single individual, occasionally of a small group, and often covered a single subject. More recently, "multi-author blogs" (MABs) have developed, with posts written by large numbers of authors and professionally edited. MABs from newspapers, other media outlets, universities, think tanks, advocacy groups, and similar institutions account for an increasing quantity of blog traffic. The rise of Twitter and other " microblogging" systems helps integrate MABs and single-author blogs into societal newstreams. Blog can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.

The emergence and growth of blogs in the late 1990s coincided with the advent of web publishing tools that facilitated the posting of content by non-technical users. (Previously, a knowledge of such technologies as HTML and FTP had been required to publish content on the Web.)

A majority are interactive, allowing visitors to leave comments and even message each other via GUI widgets on the blogs, and it is this interactivity that distinguishes them from other static websites. In that sense, blogging can be seen as a form of social networking service. Indeed, bloggers do not only produce content to post on their blogs, but also build social relations with their readers and other bloggers. However, there are high-readership blogs which do not allow comments.

Many blogs provide commentary on a particular subject. Others function as more personal online diaries, and others function more as online brand advertising of a particular individual or company. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, web pages, and other media related to its topic. The ability of readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important contribution to the popularity of many blogs. Most blogs are primarily textual, although some focus on art ( art blogs), photographs ( photoblogs), videos ( video blogs or "vlogs"), music ( MP3 blogs), and audio ( podcasts). Microblogging is another type of blogging, featuring very short posts. In education, blogs can be used as instructional resources. These blogs are referred to as edublogs.

, there were over 156 million public blogs in existence. On 20 February 2014, there were around 172 million Tumblr and 75.8 million WordPress blogs in existence worldwide. According to critics and other bloggers, Blogger is the most popular blogging service used today. However, Blogger does not offer public statistics. Technorati has 1.3 million blogs as of February 22, 2014.

Blog (disambiguation)

A blog is a website where entries are written in chronological order and commonly displayed in reverse chronological order.

Blog may also refer to:

  • Blog 27, a Polish musical group fronted by Tola Szlagowska
  • BladeLogic, formerly the NYSE symbol for the software company acquired by BMC Software
  • .blog, a proposed generic top-level domain intended for use by blogs

Usage examples of "blog".

Even if an adolescent just wants to talk with friends in chat rooms, blogs, message boards, or email encounters, he or she still has to WRITE.

Sullivan launched his Web site in October 2000, and began blogging soon after.

Now that the Internet has become a legitimate way to get your message out into the willing, servile mass media, it is possible to blog and podcast your way into the tiny, enraged hearts of millions.

Opinionjournal are having on politics and culture, as are current-event weblogs, or blogs - individual or group web diaries - like andrewsullivan.

Blogs or weBlogs have existed, in one form or another, since at least 1994.

But the blogosphere, the total universe of blogs or weblogs on the Net, did not fully claim its place in pop culture until 2002.

I told him about Edward Scrog and the scrapbook and the computer blogs.

Her photo was on an innocuous personal website, one that was full of blog entries about her daily life.

Bastard put me in hibernation and blogged me along to show you how to work it.

And about my unicorn collection and when I found new ones and all, and I’d list links with other really good unicorn sites or blogs I really enjoyed.