Thursday, August 10, 2006

Google Genericide

Last month, the Washington Post noted that Google had officially entered Merriam-Webster's Dictionary.

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One entry found for google.

Main Entry: goo·gle
Pronunciation: 'gü-g&l
Function: transitive verb
Inflected Form(s): goo·gled; goo·gling /-g(&-) li[ng]/
Usage: often capitalized
Etymology: Google, trademark for a search engine
: to use the Google search engine to obtain information about (as a person) on the World Wide Web
You'd think Google would have been proud, in just eight years they've been able to make their own addition into the English language. They've, it seemed, "coined a phrase". Google however, took offense to the Washington Post article that read: "Google, the word, now takes its place alongside the handful of proper nouns that have moved beyond a particular product to become descriptors of an entire sector -- generic trademarks."

Although perturbed Google offers to lend a hand with correct and incorrect usage of the word.

" Appropriate: He ego-surfs on the Google search engine to see if he's listed in the results.

Inappropriate: He googles himself."

" Appr opriate: I ran a Google search to check out that guy from the party.

Inappropriate: I googled that hottie."

Hmm. Wonder how that one managed to slip past Google public relations.

via [Washington Post]

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