textcasting (1998)

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Sat Feb 25 20:59:57 UTC 2006

Slate rediscovers a neologism:

  "Textcasting," Anyone?

The earliest use of "textcasting" I've found is in a July 22, 1998
press release from a company called Rapidtext:

Rapidtext's latest technological service is RAPID Textcasting, the
broadcast of realtime text from a radio or TV show, or public event
onto the Internet, with text available worldwide, meeting all
accessibility requirements.

The company continues to use "textcasting" on its website:

This is obviously a bit different from Slate's usage, which is about
supplying text to go along with a podcast (despite the fact that iPods
aren't designed to be text readers.)

--Ben Zimmer

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