Internet ephemera (was Re: 'eliminationism' not in OED)

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Mon Feb 4 16:37:23 UTC 2013

Speaking of Internet ephemera, I'd like to propose a couple of candidate
neologisms for the junk that sloshes around in the World Wide Whirlpool and
washes up in our mailboxes. I've been calling it "netwash" for a while, but
recently I thought of "netsam", as in "flotsam and jetsam".


On Wed, Jan 2, 2013 at 8:29 PM, Geoffrey Nunberg <
nunberg at> wrote:

> Given the OED's passion for sweeping up whatever Internet ephemera swim
> into its ken, it's awkward when they don't get around to an entry for words
> that really are important. 'Eliminationism/-ist"  has a history of use in
> philosophy of mind and metaphysics ...

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