James A. Landau
JJJRLandau at AOL.COM
Mon Nov 4 14:03:32 UTC 2002
In a message dated 11/4/02 7:24:11 AM Eastern Standard Time,
susandgilbert at MSN.COM writes:
> When did being "Googled" become part of our lexicon?
> New Yorker cartoon features two men at a bar and one shudders and exclaims
> "Whew! I feel like I have just been "Googled."
"Barney Google and his goo-goo-googly eyes" (a song whose age I won't even
estimate) implies that "Google" (a proper name) has spawned the adjective
"googly" and therefore it should not be improbable that someone would also
use it as a verb ("Barney googled Miss X..."). Actually this derivation fits
your context better than a derivation from the name of the Internet search
engine. In a bar (particularly if the bar in question is notorious as a
pick-up bar) one is more likely to notice having eyed in a strange or
remarkable manner than to notice one's Web pages have just been examined.
- James A. Landau
FAA Technical Center (ACB-510/BCI)
Atlantic City Int'l Airport NJ 08405 USA
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