The Language Log takes issue with our characters taking issue with the neologism webinar. This isn't the first time the Language Log (or is it "langlog"?) has aimed its vocabularific sight at Unshelved.
Speaking as the artist of a webcomic and someone who blogs, believe me when I say I have no problem with making up new words for new things. I'm a big fan. I just happen to hate the word "webinar". I think it's ugly, and I think it does a bad job of conveying the new concept as it's hard to figure out what two words are being combined ("blog" suffers from this too, but at least it's a fun word to say). I have a negative reaction whenever I see or hear it (which, fortunately, is seldom), and it was my saying "Can we get rid of this word?" that prompted Gene to write the strip in question.
Not every neologism is a good one, and I applaud the efforts of those, like LSSU, who attempt to prune them, as well as the misuse and overuse of extant words and phrases.
But it gets publicity for the Language Log!
Apr 2 - 6, 2018 Dallas, TX
TXLA 2018 (Library COMIC booth 2632) (Gene)
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ALA Annual (Library COMIC booth 450) (Gene)
October 8, 2018 Walla Walla, WA
Walla Walla Rural Library District Staff Day (Gene)
Jan 25 - 28, 2019 Seattle, WA ALA Midwinter (Library COMIC booth) (Gene)
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