What Makes Up the Name: web + seminar
This is a prime example of portmanteaus gone awry. It’s just a video with someone explaining something that no one wanted to actually sit in a room and listen to so the speaker tries to give it gravitas by giving it a portmanteau name. Also, by saying web instead of Internet it makes us think you use dial-up still and combining that with a seminar makes us so bored we’re already looking at porn instead of paying attention. The only good thing about a webinar is that you don’t have to wear clothes to watch it. That didn’t take long, we’re only on the first one and we’re already naked, watching porn. Oh, Internet.
Origin: Once the web got powerful enough to realistically stream video and simultaneous chats in the mid aughts, the webinar was the logical next step for educators moving in to the digital age. The original coinage was probably around 2004 or 2005, but it really made a splash in usage and news stories in 2007. By 2008 it was widely reviled.