Barnhart barnhart at HIGHLANDS.COM
Fri Jun 13 19:13:08 UTC 2008

American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU> writes:
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>Subject:      Re: linkrot
>American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU> writes:
>> "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
>For what it's worth, my e.q. (earliest quote) is
>word form in ....  Nexis....................ProQuest
>linkrot .....(e.q. Dec 29, 1996).........(e.q. Spring 2000).........0
>link rot ....(e.q. Aug 18, 1996).........(e.q. Feb 15, 1999)...(e.q. 2002)
>link-rot ....0
>Not mentioned before (I think) in this thread is the fact that Nexis
>tabulates only the number of articles (titles) in which a term appears.
>Any given article may have only one or very many instances.  So, range is
>easier to calculate than is frequency.  Although I haven't investigated
>this before, it is my hunch that some new forms are likely to be repeated
>several times in an article while others are likely to appear only once.
>This probably is a matter of writing style as much as anything, however.
>There are so many unanswered questions concerning Web-based resources,
>such as Nexis, ProQuest and the like.
>barnhart at
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