Internet Verbs

Full disclosure: I didn’t like Keith Olbermann when he was a sportscaster — in fact, guys like Keith and Stuart Scott were big reasons why I quit watching ESPN — and this was long before I knew of his politics. I’ve come to like him even less in the ensuing years.

Which brings us to Robert Fisk. The British journalist has become an internet verb, with fisking becoming the neologism of choice for a point-by-point dissection of a text, almost inevitably with malice aforethought.

It’s a fine word, and one that has served us well. However, just as cars have supplanted buggies, as electric light has supplanted whale-oil lamps, and as blogging has supplanted ranting aimlessly at passersby on the street, I submit to you that “fisking” has been supplanted.

The new word is “Olbermanning.” Thank you, Ace, for this neologistic advancement.


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One Response to Internet Verbs

  1. nightfly says:

    I LOVED that takedown. Made my own thoughts on it superfluous.

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