Date: Fri, 22 Dec 1995 12:19:24 -0500

From: Jesse T Sheidlower jester[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]PANIX.COM

Subject: Re: Algeo/Barnhart WOTYs

A sidebar to the Algeo's note on webmaster: in my experience, the word

frequently refers (always refers) not simply to an expert on the WWW but to

the person in charge of maintaining a particular web site. There was some

discussion on one list, I recall, about the gendering of the term--for

those who prefer a less masculine word I've suggested webster, which of

course was once feminine and has all kinds of nice linguistic reverbs.

You're definitely right about the definition.

I do know a few female web site administrators who choose to

call themselves "webmistress."

Jesse Sheidlower

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