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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    Dougll, 6 Jul 2006 @ 9:34pm

    NOT Googol

    this would be so much more difficult had Google used the original word Googol as their name.

    I think there would probably be no copyright ever if they used Googol, instead of creating their own word.

    It is important for Google to battle Webster and get the term out - so they can maintain their copyright. They have to maintain their copyright, or else it goes out into the public domain and we'd have every ebay seller and two-bit website saying they're sponsored or in sponsorship with Google.

    I guess Google can mak their own case to demonstrate how they have maintained their copyright and that the term's use isn't as widespread as Webster believes.

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