Via my Statcounter, I know that I usually get between 50 and 75 unique hits per day, particularly on weekdays and days in which I post a new article. I don't know how many of those hits are regular readers and how many are random hits from people who get to my blog via some salacious search. I suppose I could sit down with my the Statcounter report and figure it out, but really, who has time for that?
As an aside, those of you who don't visit Bunsnip via a feed reader might have noticed that I have a new Followers widget in the left-hand margin. I'm not sure if I'm going to keep it or not, just experimenting so far. It could be a way for my actual regular readers to distinguish themselves from the voyeurs who are just looking to get a glimpse of the Tree Man (even though his picture is no longer glimpse-able, so don't bother clicking on that link).
It was a toss up between using the Followers widget and the Recent Visitors widget from The Blog Frog. My issue with the Blog Frog widget is that you can't opt in or out of showing up as a visitor on that. Basically anyone who is listed in my blog roll will show up in the Recent Visitors widget when they visit Bunsnip whether they want to show up or not. I'm not completely comfortable with that. (But the Blog Frog is otherwise totally cool, as evidenced by my support sticker. Thanks, Rusty!)
My Daily Read and Must-Read Blog lists are my way of showing support for the sites that I enjoy reading, and I see the Followers widget as a way for my readers to voluntarily show support for Bunsnip without all the Big Brother business. It doesn't track when you visit, it just lists you as a follower. You can choose to follow either anonymously or publicly (or not at all). So if you feel inclined to do that, please join Claire, my sole follower so far. She looks awfully lonely over there. Or not, I won't cry if you don't. Claire might, though.
Anyway, that totally wasn't the point of this post. So I'll get to that right now:
The Point: iterate & reiterate
As my Statcounter tells me, today alone I have had five hits from individuals searching for "the difference between iterate and reiterate". FIVE. That's a lot of hits for something like that in one day. The hits came from Malaysia, the UK, Cleveland, Toronto, and Durham, Connecticut. Clearly there is much confusion across the world about the difference between iterate and reiterate. I too have such confusion.
Quite awhile ago I posted a very brief query to my then scant number of blog readers asking whether anyone, anyone at all, could explain to me the difference between iterate and reiterate. According to the dictionary, they mean exactly the same thing. So why the re- prefix? Doesn't the prefix re- usually imply doing something again?
Well that makes this particularly difficult, because iterate and reiterate both mean "to do something again". So because of the re-, it looks like iterate should mean "to do something again", and reiterate should mean "to do something again, repeatedly".
As Feed the World with PEZ commented in the original post:
Iterate is to do or say again repeatedly (probably more than once). Reiterate is to do or say again repeatedly to the point of excessiveness (probably more than twice)... Hey, that's all I've got!
Pretty good answer, but I'm still unsatisfied. Why the hell do we need two words for this? So now that there are between 50 and 75 of you readers out there, you would do a great service to me and some people in Malaysia, the UK, Cleveland, Toronto, and Durham if you could weigh in on this puzzlement.
If we have to, we can vote one of the duplicative words out of the English language. My vote is to kick out iterate. Sure, reiterate is more redundant than iterate, but reiterate is the more commonly used, so it'd be easier to kick out the other one.
What say ye?