Blog: Word of the Year

In patent law, Merriam-Webster is the cream of the crop.  The Federal Circuit cites Webster’s 3rd International Dictionary more than any other source in claim interpretation.  The CAFC likes dictionaries because they are descriptive of the language – unlike other documents, such as RFC’s, that are seen as prescriptive.

As the English language changes, so does Webster’s.  Recently, Merriam-Webster named the term "blog" as their number one word of the year — finding that "blog" was the most searched word on its Web sites in 2004.

In 1999, "blog" was added to Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary.

Blog: noun; short for weblog; a Web site that contains an online personal journal with reflections, comments, and often hyperlinks provided by the writer.  Blogger; Blogging.

Now, there is a rumor that Bloggers may be TIME’s people of the year.

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