Blog. Blog. Blaaaaahg. When I see the original, pre-shortened word “weblog”–that’s where “blog” comes from–all I see is “we blog”. It’s an ugly word, and I find any excuse to avoid using it. Although I quite like “blogosphere”. It makes the world of online blogs seem ugly and close-knit. In my head, the blogosphere is the size and color of a tangerine.
It’s somehow important that blogs are on the web, hence the “b”. Interactivity is part of the package, which is why blog posts with no comments seem a little sad, no matter how good (or bad) the content.
There’s nothing wrong with calling something a “log”, although the word does put me in mind of the sort of log that documents when a public toilet was cleaned. It also makes me think of stardates. (“Captain’s blog, post date 10/27/2011. The Romulans continue to employ provocative punctuation. They insist that using two spaces after a period is not, in fact, a violation of the punctuation zone treaty.”)
Or is it “okay”? If it’s the two-letter version, do we need periods? The entire entry on this word in the AP Style guide reads: “Do not use okay.” I wouldn’t go that far. (Just about every style guide I have disagrees with me on this one. However, my opinion, my blaaaaahg post.)
This pair of initials comes from the Greek “olla kalla” stamped on employee attendance rolls (or something like that). Or, wait a sec, maybe they come from “oll korrect”–as the OED insists. But, despite being amazingly popular in spoken English, “OK” and “O.K.” need to die. It’s a word now, a legitimate word with four letters.
“Okay” is all grown up, we can lose the periods. “Okay” is just a word that means “everything is awesomesauce.” Sure, the initials were a shortened form of a pair of words–take your pick which ones–but that pair of pairs is now forgotten.