Friday, 24 October 2014

Digerati - The Digital Literati

Photo by Daniel Bagel


Noun plural. Late 20th century.
[Blend of DIGITAL and LITERATI.]

People with expertise or professional involvement in information technology.

I used to think that being a blogger meant I could rightly call myself a member of the digerati, but the words professional and expertise rule me out entirely.  Ah well. 


  1. But is it a portmanteau or a neologism? Hello. Just discovered your blog.

    1. Hi, Melanie.

      Both, I would say, at the moment. But while it will always be a portmaneau, it will not always be a neologism.

    2. Hi Melanie!

      Welcome to Lexicolatry, and apologies for the slow response to your comment - on the day of this post, my family of three became four and in my distracted state this post went out without a picture and was promptly neglected! Sally has answered your query most capably in my absence - I'm not sure when a word is no longer considered a neologism, but as this one came into existence some time in the 1990s, I suspect this no longer is.

    3. Wooh! Many many congratulations, Eddie! I hope you are all doing well, though of course I accept that this sort of thing is most distracting for the father,

      As for neologisms, perhaps they stop being neologisms when they stop screaming HEY, LOOK, I'M A BIT OF A NOVELTY, AREN'T I? And I'm not sure digerati has got there yet. But then I do lead a very sheltered life.

    4. Yes, I'm inclined to agree Sally! I'd never heard it before, but then I live under a rock!

      Congratulations Eddie, and enjoy your new baby. Whatever you do, don't try to catch up with me (I have six, all grown up now).

  2. The next time I read a blog, I hope that it doesnt disappoint me as much as this one. I mean, I know it was my choice to read, but I actually thought youd have something interesting to say. All I hear is a bunch of whining about something that you could fix if you werent too busy looking for attention.
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