Friday, January 07, 2011

New retronym?

Have you heard anyone say p-books?

This, as you might have guessed, is what "some" are now calling those non-e-book things. The word makes Scott McLemee queasy, but I have to say, I don't hate it. Dead trees is getting old.

It pains me to have to tell you that McLemee calls p-book a "neologism." Such, evidently, is the sad state of our public intellectuals.

I kid, I kid. Scott McLemee is always worth reading.

Oh, and about the hyphen? I thought about not using it, especially with the non- prefix, and I expect it to vanish soon, just as it did from e-mail. Something else to keep an eye on. Here's how it stands now, though:

Googlefight between 'e-book' and 'ebook'

(Also: can monsters really be plush?)

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