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."
Random House Reference
jester[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]panix.com