Most online linguistic innovation originates in the USA – the epicentre of web production and consumption. As a result new words and phrases tend to draw on American cultural references. The three main sources are: politics, academia and sport.
Some of these terms – like blogosphere in the title of this post – are pretty self-explanatory. Others are mystifying. Do you know what a maven is? Or a meme? When something is inside the Beltway? Or inside baseball?
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