First Blogiversary Annibloggery

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Depending on how you count, I've been blogging for a year. I originally created my first location for this blog in September, and my actual first post was pretty lame. Three months later to the day, when I discovered that Sam had started her own blog, I was spurred on to start posting content, beginning with a criticism of the common statement from Calvinists that if you hold to any of the five points of Calvinism you must hold them all. Her bloggiversary was yesterday. [I think the double-G comes from her British-influenced spelling. I checked Google, and the single-G spelling got 16,000 hits with the double-G spelling getting only 600 or so.] My blogiversary, since I started the day after she did (not counting the officially first post), is therefore today.

Update 1:28 pm: I've changed the title. See the comments for some of the discussion leading up to that.


happy bloggaversary!

Happy bloggiversary. I'm siding with your wife on this one. If you're a bloGGer, then it's a bloGGiversary.

Besides, everyone knows that a g before an i is pronounced as a soft g. Never trust the concensus of the blogworld for correct spelling. :)

Oh....and did you guys have a big party with cake and presents?

The reason there are to Gs in 'blogger' is because that's a rule in Enlish. You double the last letter of a verb when you make it into the noun form of someone who does that verb's action when the word ends in a vowel and then a 'g'. This probably fits some more general rule, something like when it's a final consonant after a short vowel you do this. The video game Frogger obeyed this same rule.

Now there's something etymologically ignorant about some of the things we might do. Taking 'alcoholism' and 'work' and making 'workism' makes sense, but 'workaholism' does not. It's a word now, though. 'Blogiversary' in any of its spellings makes absolutely no sense. Even 'blogversary' is somewhat better. It comes, via French, from a word etymologically meaning the turning of a year. If we want to call it the turning of a blog year, than we'll need to include all three elements. Removing the yearly element kind of defeats the purpose. 'Annibloggery' might be more accurate, even if it sounds like it should describe something obscene, but I think it's better than the even more accurate 'anniblogversary' or 'Bloganniversary', which capture the whole thing better but are so unwieldy. The reason someone would double the 'g' therefore has nothing to do with any rules. Following rules might lead to this other stuff.

People influenced more by British spellings have more tendency to double letters (e.g. British 'parrotting' vs. American 'parroting', where Americans don't double the final consonant when the accent is on an earlier symbol but the more British-influenced locales do). I think that's a plausible explanation of why you and Sam are more likely to want to double the 'g' in this case.

Oh, and you got the rule backwards. Spelling reflects pronunciation, not the other way around. If we have a hard consonant like a p, t, d, g, m, b, or usually r and l, then you double the consonant in the cases I gave in the comment above. It doesn't happen with s, f, soft g, c, x and consonantal i, u, and y. I suspect j can go either way, but I don't have any examples, and q is always tied to a u, so that won't double. These correspond to specific phonological categories linguistics have named (usually in terms of where your tongue is when you say it), but I can't remember the names of them, just which sounds are in which groups.

So we may use a rule of thumb in teaching kids how to pronounce words (though most such rules aren't quite right anyway, in the same way that Newton's laws of motion are all false but close enough to teach the basics to people who aren't going to learn the detail to get it right, though in this case it may be a false guide to pronouncing some words). It's not really an argument for how to spell a word you're coining or a word in the process of becoming part of the language but not universal enough to have taken a definite form yet. For that we'd need to look at rules of word formation, and in this case we've already violated those.

I'm happy to say that 'annibloggery' has already been used at least twice according to Google. Not everyone ignores the meanings of the previous components of words they dissect when they try to coin a new term.

uh, i thought you were a philosopher, not an entymologist.... ;) happy 'annibloggery' in any case!

How do you spell "overanalyse"?

Is thus how you win arguments with your wife?

I'm still going with bloggaversary. It looks prettier.

Well, if it had an "i" instead of an "a" it would look prettier.

My wife's the one who does entomology. I'm doing etymology (and that's always been an interest of mine, but my few linguistics courses have stuck with me).

I think people who call this overanalyzing just don't realize how intrinsically interesting this stuff all is. It's too bad, because I see that as really missing out on one of the chief joys of this life.

To you it's really cool and interestering. To much of the rest of the world it's over analysing. But it does explain my desire to always want to double consonants. Those vowels need to be kept apart dang it!

Right, but I'm explaining why people find it to be overanalyzing. It's because there's something there that they just don't see. I do. The term 'overanalyzing' seems to me to have a moral judgment behind it, one I find totally inappropriate and demeaning. The only time it's a relevant move in a conversation is if someone is trying to find something that's not there and then citing irrelevant details. When someone just pursues further depth, I don't think that's the right word at all. In fact, it's insulting. It says that intellectual pursuits that the speaker doesn't appreciate are on that ground stupid. This happens so often that the large number of people who do it don't realize how insulting it is.

Well, I didn't mean it as an insult. I meant it as a joke.

I actually enjoy that sort of word analysis almost as much as you do. I think. I didn't consider that the comment would be offensive to you, and I'm sorry.

No, I knew you meant it as a joke. You're my fellow ISTJ. Those who offend me are those who obviously can't stand looking further into the details who then talk dismissively of people who happen to like that sort of thing.

Cheers. My glass is raised to you on your, err, whatever you settle on calling it.

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