You might be right, sionnach. It's hard to believe, it seems we've all lived with so many assmarmots for so long, that the term could have been introduced to us Wordizens relatively late (in, you know, geologic time).
Doesn't this make more sense: Posting a googlewhack on Wordie means it eventually shows up on Google once the page is indexed; then Google automatically searches M-W and Urban Dictionary to offer googlers possible definitions; those sites, not being among the Wordiescenti return a placeholder/error messge.
Goodness! I had no idea that just adding this would set off such a chain of events. Kind of exciting to be contributing to the sum of human knowledge. Well, to the sum of Google's knowledge, anyway. When it takes over the world I will only have myself to blame.
John, not only do I not mind, but I insist we allow them to crawl our insane behavior. At some point in the distant future, we can go back to all the crazy neologisms and determine who came up with the best one.
I think it is something that Google is doing rather than UD or M-W. Could Google be tracking the all the searches on Wordie?If you do a yahoo search it comes up with 3 entries - 2 from Wordie and 1 from the Society Promoting Byzantine Studies.
It doesn't bother me. I'm just a little surprised, because I wouldn't expect "big" sites like UD and M-W to be interested in Wordie, of all places. Aren't we still a relatively obscure corner of the web? We're supposed to pull content from them, not the other way around.
Dang, that is fascinating. Well, this is the Interweb, and it's not like we have a copyright on the words. I suppose I could block the IP address of the UD and M-W spiders, if in fact that's what they're doing. Or maybe ask them to at least link back to the source, if it's us. Does anyone mind other sites mining our collective OCD behavior?
Okay. This is interesting. Yesterday, Wordie made this word a googlewhack -- it didn't show up anywhere on the internet except here.
Today, there are three hits for it:
1. This page.
2. Urban Dictionary's non-entry ("hagiothecium isn't defined yet")
3. Merriam-Webster's non-entry ("the word you've entered isn't in the dictionary")
I've seen this triad pop up before when Googling for obscure words, but I figured it was a coincidence. Now I think there's more afoot. Could it be that UD and M-W are mining Wordie for words? That doesn't seem right... but how else do you explain both sites adding blank pages for this word within hours of it showing up here?
I saw a hagiothecium in the Cathedral Museum of Mdina on Malta: a small travelling case containing perhaps forty small plaques carved with Byzantine-style portraits of saints. Google finds no (that's right, zero) references to the term ...