10th Circuit Opinion Discusses Something Called a “Blog”

A slip opinion issued June 14, 2010 by the 10th Circuit in the case of Silver v. Brown shows that the federal appeals court is worried that you might not know what a blog is. The opinion, written by Circuit Judge Monroe G. McKay, puts quotations marks around the word “blog” when first using it:

The basis for Mr. Silver’s personal tort claims for slander, defamation, and duress against Mr. Brown and Mr. McMullen was a “blog” that Mr. Brown posted to the internet regarding this conflict, with the intent of negatively affecting Mr. Silver’s and Santa Fe’s reputation.¹

[Footnote:] ¹ A “blog” is short for “weblog” and is defined as “a Web site that contains an online personal journal with reflections, comments, and often hyperlinks provided by the writer; also: the contents of such a site.” Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blog (last visited May 13, 2010).

Judge McKay wouldn’t be the first judge to do this. But as of right now, he appears to be the last.

At least “internet” is no longer drawing quotation marks.

(The slip op may be found on Westlaw at 2010 WL 2354123.)

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