Journal: News & Comment

Monday, September 02, 2002
# 9:06:00 AM:

Permalink - one of the newest words

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One reason English is so successful is that it has no qualms about new words, whether taken from other languages (like caftan, bikini, or karaoke) or freshly coined (dot-bomb, nanotechnology, or crufty -- and its newest incarnation, cruft force).

Perhaps the newest addition applies to weblogs: permalink, just defined nicely by Dave Winer of Userland Software. On my site, you click on the time-stamp for each entry (at the top of this message, 9:06:00 AM) to access the permalink, which, in this case, is:

http://www.penmachine.com/journal/
2002_09_01_news_archive.html#85405405

That way, you can link to an article directly, without having to find it in the archive and scroll down.

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