Attention English Teachers: Google Is Officially A Verb

from the fun-for-the-trademark-lawyers dept

Every summer, it's always fun to see what new tech-related words make it into the Oxford English Dictionary as official "words." A few years ago, it was things like "blog," "cyberslacker," and "egosurf." This year, however, the Google lawyers probably won't be all that thrilled to discover that Google has now been included as a verb. Yes, that's right. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, it's now perfectly legitimate to say you "Googled" something. From the standpoint of Google, however, this could take them a step closer to losing the trademark on their own name, as it starts to fall into more common usage. Can Google sue the Oxford English Dictionary?

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    Professor STFU, 6 Jul 2006 @ 12:18pm

    Bad Oxford

    Damn it! Google is a NOUN not a verb. It means, and has always meant, ten to the one hundred power. End of story.

    Saying you googled something is like saying you xerox something. At best it's slang and at worst it's just plain wrong. We already have two standard English words that mean what you want: searched and researched. Use them.

    Putting "google" in the dictionary as a verb is just plain stupid. Image if they did that with Yahoo or Lycos. Yeah, Google is a great search engine, but it's not a verb.

    Also, "it was a band-aid fix" isn't an adjective. It's a colloquialism.

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