Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Daniel Pipes, Maverick Historian

It turns out that he is a chess player too. See here. (Via Horace Jeffery Hodges.) The author of this fine piece in Harvard Magazine makes one easily correctable mistake: she refers to blog posts as weblogs. I have noticed others doing this as well. This is a terminological infelicity we need to nip in the bud.

A weblog, or blog, consists of posts. To refer to a post as a weblog would be like referring to a chess piece as a chess set, or a move as a game, or an episode of Seinfeld as a series. In short, it would be to commit a pars pro toto fallacy.

And we can't have that.