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“Blook” is a Runner-up For Word of The Year

“Blook” is a Runner-up For Word of The Year

According to the newsblog of Guardian Unlimited, “blook” is on a short-list of new words being considered by experts for addition to the venerable Oxford English Dictionary and is thus a runner-up for Word of the Year.  A blook, of course, is a book which appears in blog form (primary meaning) like my novel hackoff.com: an historic murder mystery set in the Internet bubble and rubble. Blook has been an entry in wiktionary and wikipedia for quite awhile.

Naturally, I updated the reference in wikipedia to include this news.  It doesn’t take deliberations by a panel of experts for wikipedia or wiktionary to stay up-to-date.  On the other hand, having a word I helped publicize considered for OED is sort of exciting – even if it takes a long time in Web terms.

I noticed the Guardian Unlimited article because, when it appeared two hours ago, visits to the hackoff.com site suddenly spiked.  The Guardian Unlimited article, for some reason, links to hackoff.com’s definition of blook instead of the wiktionary definition.  I’m not complaining, of course.


Oh yeah, the actual Word of the Year.  “Bovvered”, of course.  In case, like me, you don’t know what it means, it is a word from The Catherine Tate Show that kids use to be cool.  In case you don’t get BBC but really want to know more, the article has a YouTube link to an episode with the Word of the Year in context.

Ah, convergence.


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Tom Evslin


Thanks for the catch. I made the correction. Would never diss the Word of the Year intentioanlly.


Hi Tom,

I really enjoy your blog. You're on a roll.

I Googled "Blovvered" and found that you probably added an "l" by mistake. I doubt that you'll be "bovvered" by it ;-)


All the best,


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