November 05, 2006

Aut blog aut mori

The motto of NaBloPoMo ("National Blog posting month") is a nice example of dog latin. (Though in former times "blog or die" might have been dog-latined as "aut blogare aut mori", with some approximation to an infinitive form of the verb blog, more closely echoing the original "aut vincere aut mori" = "conquer or die".) No matter what the pseudo-Latin morphology might be, though, I don't agree with the sentiment, since I make it a principle not to blog unless it feels like fun. Life has enough necessities without adding another.

The alternative motto "Blog today -- tomorrow you may be eaten" is funnier but even less attractive. I'd go along with "Blog longa, vita brevis", especially if you add the rest of the quote.

Posted by Mark Liberman at November 5, 2006 08:53 AM