Congratulations to linguist Erin O'Connor: her Snowclones database has been named #6 on Fimoculous's¹ list of the 30 best blogs of 2006 that you (maybe) aren't reading. In this case, you doesn't include moi: I've been a fan since Day One. Well done, Erin!
What's a snowclone? Briefly, it's a fill-in-the-blank cliché. One of the best-known snowclones is "X is the new Y." (Seen in the New York Times Thursday Styles section today: "Blue is the new green," a quote from ad agency JWT.) Once you read Erin's blog, you'll start seeing a blizzard of snowclones.
Oh, and needless to say (but I'll say it anyway), I'm thrilled to receive an honorable mention in the category along with the estimable LanguageHat.
Now I'm going to work my way through the rest of the list, which includes a whole lot of blogs I'd never heard of, as well as one--The "Blog" of "Unneccessary" Quotation Marks--that I recommended a few months ago.
¹Now you want to know what "Fimoculous" means. Blog author Rex Sorgatz writes: "A fimoculous is a micro-organism that consumes its own waste for sustenance. Fimoculli are therefore a self-perpetuating ecology. A mono-parasite, a homo-symbiosis, Fimoculous.com devours the filth expunged on the mediascape."
Well, that's close, but not quite right. Fimoculous is an adjective, not a noun; it means "inhabiting or growing on dung"--fimus being one of several Latin words for dung. Which suggests a snowclone: "If the Romans had N words for dung, surely X have Y words for Z.")
(Snowman image: Fashions by Gigi.)