Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Fri Jun 13 16:51:09 UTC 2008

On Fri, Jun 13, 2008 at 11:51 AM, Baker, John <JMB at> wrote:
>        "Link rot" has been around longer than I would have guessed,
> considering that I don't recall previously running into this useful
> term.  From the newsgroup bit.listserv.qualrs-l, Google Groups,
> 11/1/1996, from a list of "new definitions in the high tech world,"
> "Link Rot" is defined as "The process by which links on a web page
> became as obsolete as the sites they're connected to change location or
> die."

In turn taken from the July 1996 issue of _Wired_ ("Jargon Watch"):

--Ben Zimmer

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