Fwd: to google is in

Arnold M. Zwicky zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
Fri Jul 7 18:41:22 UTC 2006

extra, extra, read all about it!


July 7, 2006

The term 'google' has been added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary as
a verb, finally giving official status to the popular term 'googling'.

The online version of the dictionary defines the term as: 'To use the
Google search engine to obtain information about [a person or thing]
on the world wide web.'

'Googling' was added this week alongside a number of other popular,
and not so popular, technical terms such as 'spyware', 'ringtone' and
'mouse potato'. The latter describes someone who spends too long
sitting at the computer.

'Biodiesel', 'supersize' and 'unibrow' were also among the new
Merriam-Webster additions. 'Unibrow' is defined as 'a single
continuous brow resulting from the growing together of eyebrows.'

However, the Oxford English Dictionary beat Merriam-Webster to the
punch. The OED added 'google' as a verb in its June update of terms,
defining the term as: 'To use the Google search engine to find
information on the internet. To search for information about (a
person or thing) using the Google search engine.'...

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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