B.L. Ochman and neologisms

I was reading a really insightful post by B.L. Ochman on social networks and blogging (it pretty much wraps up the thoughts of others in one nice, neat place) when I came across the term ‘socnet’.

Socnet? Hmm. Not sure I like that neologism to describe social networks. And what’s wrong with saying social network anyway?

And then I read a great post about ‘10 Things we can Learn from Facebook’ by Susan Mernit. And she too can’t be bothered to write social network or networks. Susan refers to them as ‘social nets’.

Usually I’m a big fan of made-up words, but in this case I just think that ‘socnets’ or ‘social nets’ takes away from the meaning of the word.

Is there a pedants group on Facebook I can join?

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Comments

  1. I sometimes wonder if it’s some kind of human need, occurring in 1% of people, to modify phrases in ways that make them actually less pleasing to the ear … like the people who say “W.W. Two” (enunciating the initials) rather than “World War Two”, which is actually shorter to say!

  2. I sometimes wonder if it’s some kind of human need, occurring in 1% of people, to modify phrases in ways that make them actually less pleasing to the ear … like the people who say “W.W. Two” (enunciating the initials) rather than “World War Two”, which is actually shorter to say!

  3. Sorry you don’t like my abbreviation. :>)

  4. Sorry you don’t like my abbreviation. :>)

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