Being Googled

Lesa Dill lesa.dill at WKU.EDU
Wed Nov 6 16:37:07 UTC 2002

Jokes folks. Gees.  Is there an emoticon for sarcasm?   I actually like
DogPile John Smith myself.

Mark A Mandel wrote:

> On Mon, 4 Nov 2002, Bethany K. Dumas wrote:
> #On Mon, 4 Nov 2002, Lesa Dill wrote:
> #Why isn't it "Yahoo! John >Smith" or "DogPile John Smith"?
> #
> #I don't know.
> How about potential confusion, plus what I believe I have read to be
> Google's preeminence in the amount of use it gets?
> "Yahoo" already exists in everyday English. "Dog pile" is meaningful,
> although I'm pretty sure the connotation that I have for it is not the
> one the creators intended! ("Watch your step, there's a dog pile!")
> "Yahoo! John Smith", especially with that dratted exclamation mark,
> reads as = 'hurray for J.S.'.
> "Google", OTOH, is novel to most speakers. Yes, I know about Barney
> Google, and I know about the song, but I'd bet a cookie (the edible
> kind) that to the great majority of English-speakers who know the word,
> the first meaning that comes to mind is the search engine.
> -- Mark A. Mandel

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