Are you sitting down…? Mark is blogging!!
“Welcome,” said my elder daughter recently, “to the twenty-first century.”
Her remark was occasioned by my discovery of the meanings of ‘blog’ and ‘blogging’. Those words had hitherto been as inscrutable to me as ‘sooterkin’ and ‘cablish’ – but, as it transpires, they’re easier to incorporate into a modern English sentence (if it’s to have a fighting chance of being understood).
However, the details of my discovery were disheartening: blogging means WRITING SOMETHING ABOUT WHAT I’M DOING. “I don’t like the twenty-first century,” I told my daughter. “I want to go home.” Her comments about the mental deterioration characteristic of geriatric old coots are unworthy of repetition, but they goaded me into asserting that I CAN DO IT. I CAN become a blogger.
But… Is ‘blogger’ a word? Should it more properly be bloggist, or blogwright, or bloggitor? Whatever the correct form, what’s the formal definition – one who blogs, or one who writes blogs? That must depend on whether ‘to blog’ is a verb in modern English, as the ostensibly present-participle form implies, or whether ‘blog’ is firmly and immovably a noun. Will someone please enlighten me?
Obviously I need lessons. Nevertheless, here I am, blogging. Or bloggizing. Or bloggineering. Or whatever it’s officially called.Tags: author, blog, mark p henderson