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    Smile a journal and a diary

    I just got a journal/diary for my birthday. Now I can write my thoughts down.



    Are journal and diary all but identical in the above text? Thanks.

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    Re: a journal and a diary

    Both Journal and diary have etymology of "day" and basically mean the same thing.

    Journal from the French (jour)
    Diary from the Spanish/Latin (diario)

    But in common usage, a journal is synonymous with "log"; that is, it is a chronicle of events. An example of this is the Journal of the American Medical Association, or JAMA. A diary is more-or-less used exclusively for emotions, feelings and what have you and is usually addressed with "Dear Diary" and written to as if it were a person. An example, "Dear Diary, today I fell in love with Marilyn. She's cute, isn't she?"

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    Smile Re: a journal and a diary

    Quote Originally Posted by Hi_there_Carl View Post
    Both Journal and diary have etymology of "day" and basically mean the same thing.

    Journal from the French (jour)
    Diary from the Spanish/Latin (diario)

    But in common usage, a journal is synonymous with "log"; that is, it is a chronicle of events. An example of this is the Journal of the American Medical Association, or JAMA. A diary is more-or-less used exclusively for emotions, feelings and what have you and is usually addressed with "Dear Diary" and written to as if it were a person. An example, "Dear Diary, today I fell in love with Marilyn. She's cute, isn't she?"
    Thanks, Carl.
    How knowledgeable you are!

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