Towse self at TOWSE.COM
Wed Jan 22 00:39:12 UTC 2003

Bapopik at AOL.COM wrote:
>   "Anglosphere" has over 4000 Google hits, yet its first mention on Google
> Groups is from only January 2000.
>    The term is mentioned today on Andrew Sullivan's blog at
>, with this link:

According to that Jan 2000 reference in Googja, the word was
first used by Neal Stephenson in THE DIAMOND AGE, which was
published in 1995. If Stephenson coined the word in 1995, five
years seems a long time for it to hit the newsgroups.

According to Simberg
Francosphere was used on a French language site before then.

In a similar vein William T Quick claims he was blending "logos"
with "blog" to coin "blogosphere" a year ago New Year's.

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