Dominic Sayers, an old friend, erstwhile colleague and fellow cricket-lover, commented today on a post I’d written sometime earlier on “learning from the comments people leave on my blog“.Â What he said was:
I thought you would enjoy this quote from a Cricinfo article today: â€œKaif was cruising on 91 when Panesar stunned him with a Youtube momentâ€.
How soon before â€œa YouTube momentâ€ joins the verb â€œto Googleâ€ in the dictionary?
As you would expect, I did two things. I googled “YouTube moment” and found it returned just under 18,000 hits. Then I went to YouTube, found this video and watched it. Looks like the Test series coming up will be interesting. Incidentally, I fail the Tebbit test spectacularly. I watch and support England every chance I get, have even had the good fortune to have been at two Ashes-clinching tests. But when they play India, things are different. it’s not Tebbit but Thatcher I land up following. TINA. India.
[The video is also on my VodPod in the sidebar in case you want to watch it later. I use VodPod to liberate the video link from the post].
On to the real point that Dom was making. YouTube moment as a neologism. Until Dom’s post, I never quite realised how useful the web is for tracking neologisms, one can almost associate a nascent phrase with a buzz factor and watch it grow. Or die.
And that set me thinking. YouTube moment. Whatever next? A FaceBook romance? A Flickr opportunity?