|Because bloggers (generally) write on the beach using typewriters|
(photo by Karen Cox)
Noun. Plural pronounced same. Early 19th century.
[French, from causer to talk.]
Informal (especially literary) talk; a chatty article.
Bloggers (and blog readers) thrive on informality, on causerie, on an openness and chattiness that (I posit) has been part of what's made blogs such a powerful and popular medium today. However, such informality doesn't equate to constant frivolity - although I've tried to cultivate an informal tone in Lexicolatry, it's covered such subjects as death, prejudice, mental illness and sexism (with bums and boobs thrown in to balance it out). Nor does informality demerit a medium's literary credentials. Take a line from Sally Prue's excellent blog The Word Den in which she writes about the word greige:
"Well, let's face it, greige is boring. Merely typing the word is enough to make several of my brain cells drop dead from simple ennui."
On reading causerie, my mind immediately went to Sally's style - informal, chatty, literary, but pulling no punches in either the vocabulary used or topics discussed (do try and squeeze the word ennui into a conversation today). And, yes, if you do feel the need to jump to greige's defence in the face of Sally's brutal verbal onslaught, you can do so by leaving a comment on her page - the chatty interaction of blogs no doubt being another factor in their popularity.
Do you like to engage in a dash of causerie of an evening?
Do you enjoy the causeries of the blogosphere?
Do please leave an informal, chatty, but oh-so-literary comment in the box below.