I've been making etymology posts for twenty days and I still have no clue what a blog meant, so I decided to research it. Blog was actually a shortening of weblog, or web (meaning "internet") and log meaning "journal". I don't want to go into web too much, because I'm saving that for a later post, but take my word for it when I say it traces back to a PIE word for "fabric". Meanwhile, the word log first springs to mind a gnarled broken-off piece of a tree. The log in weblog is different, but actually does come from the exact same word. Descending from Norse lag, meaning "fallen tree", English adopted log, which means "part of a fallen tree", not much of an etymological transition. Then a curious transition occurred. Sailors created log-books to make records of speed, which was measured at the time by a piece of wood (a part of a log) at the end of a string. Log-books then got shortened to logs, which was a term adopted into a portmanteau with web to make weblogs. The we- prefix got dropped accidentally, and a b got added to log to make blog. Curious story really. Blog-worthy.
Adam Aleksic is a 220-month-old, 2800-ounce high school senior with disturbing interests in etymology, vexillology, geography, board games, limericks, and law. Adam will be studying linguistics at Harvard College in the fall.
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