bleg

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Unknown.

Noun[edit]

bleg (plural blegs)

  1. (Northeast England) A pouting (Trisopterus luscus).
    • 2007, Jack Melton, "Fresh water gives shore anglers a clear problem", Sunderland Echo, 4 July 2007:
      Steve Thompson, on the Moonshadow, won last Wednesday’s WBA boat competition with the only fish of the night, a 1lb 8oz pouting (bleg)
    • 2007, "Sea Angling latest", Sunderland Echo, 7 November 2007:
      Boats are taking ling to 18lb as well as codling to 5lbs and loads of pout whiting (blegs) on squid.
    • 2008, "Sea Angling: Wear in doldrums, Tyne and Tees looking up", Sunderland Echo, 29 May 2008:
      The only report on boat fishing last week was on Tuesday when the Wanderer managed to get out and took about a dozen codling to three pounds plus a few blegs.
    • 2009, "Fishing: Pier marks look favourite for Big Open", Sunderland Echo, 10 December 2010:
      Saturday saw just three Seahan SAC juniors fishing for the J.T. Jacobs Cup, with two weighing in three coalies, a codling and a bleg.

Etymology 2[edit]

Blend of blog and beg.[1] Anglo-American writer John Derbyshire claims to have coined this word in 2002,[2] although earlier usage may have occurred.

Noun[edit]

bleg (plural blegs)

  1. (Internet slang) An entry on a blog requesting information or contributions.
    I posted a bleg in the hope of learning more about local tourism.
    • 2008, Andrew Sullivan, "The Utter Arrogance Of It", The Atlantic, 29 August 2008:
      Here's a bleg: can anyone direct me to any statement she [Sarah Palin] has ever made about foreign policy?
    • 2010, James Wolcott, "A Grammer of Motives*", Vanity Fair, 9 September 2010:
      Last time I looked, The QOR Club was a shuttered ghost town, and Jeff Goldstein is still doing monthly blegs to pay for the capital letters required to proclaim OUTLAW! at the end of his sporadic posts.
    • 2012, Elizabeth Kantor, The Jane Austen Guide to Happily Ever After, Regnery Publishing, Inc. (2012), ISBN 9781596987845, page 267 (acknowledgments section):
      This book was crowdsourced among many friends, who helped me to new insights about love in the twenty-first century and into Jane Austen; answered frantic Facebook blegs for sources of quotations I couldn't find; []

Verb[edit]

bleg (third-person singular simple present blegs, present participle blegging, simple past and past participle blegged)

  1. (Internet slang) To create an entry on a blog requesting information or contributions.
    That guy will bleg on the most unusual topics.
    • 2008, "Strange looks and funny lines from the past week", Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 18 May 2008:
      The Freakonomics blog posted a "bleg" from "Yale Book of Quotations" editor Fred Shapiro, in which Shapiro blegged for modern proverbs.
    • 2009, John J. Miller, "Novels of the Right, cont.", National Review Online, 30 November 2009:
      About ten days ago, I blegged for comments about great conservative novels — NRO readers now have posted more than 200 entries here [hyperlink redacted].
    • 2009, Curtis Brainard, "It’s Tanking; I’m Teaching…", Columbia Journalism Review, 7 August 2009:
      Zimmer had "blegged" (that’s right, begged on his blog) his readers to help him compile a number of book and article titles for inclusion in that list, and they "did not disappoint."
    • 2010, Iain Murray, "Chicagoan Voting System!", National Review Online, 15 April 2010:
      Yesterday, I shamelessly blegged people to vote for my son in a Parents magazine cutest kid contest.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ben Zimmer, "Web", The New York Times, 11 November 2010
  2. ^ John Derbyshire, "July Diary", National Review Online, 1 August 2002

Danish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse bleikr, from Proto-Germanic *blaikaz. Related to blege.

Adjective[edit]

bleg (neuter blegt, definite and pural blege, comparative blegere, superlative blegest)

  1. pale, pallid

Etymology 2[edit]

Verb[edit]

bleg

  1. Imperative of blege.

Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Possibly from a derivative of Common Slavic blagŭ "good" (compare Serbo-Croatian blag), or Serbo-Croatian blek.

Adjective[edit]

bleg 3 nom/acc forms

  1. soft, shy, silly, dull, weak, foolish, sheepish
  2. (of ears, usually animals) going down, droopy

Declension[edit]