Just call them blogs already

Remember the information superhighway? Cyberspace? How about the Web logs?

This front-page promo to a business story would have been better with “blogs” rather than the more formal and outdated “Web logs.” Let’s follow the advice of Ask the Stylebook:

AP has found that “blog” is familiar enough to readers now that “Web log” is no longer necessary.

Perhaps it’s still useful to define the term in the story or in an accompanying textbox. But even that may no longer be needed.

The language of technology changes quickly, and writers and editors must work hard to keep up with it. Otherwise, they end up looking silly, like a world leader who refers to “the Internets” and “the Google.”