More on "Googol" and "Googolplex"

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Tue Dec 30 04:08:33 UTC 2008

Yeah, but ISTM that that'd be (at least understood as) an emphatic version
of "gob", which justifies the 2ndary stress.
Mark Mandel

On Mon, Dec 29, 2008 at 2:09 AM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at> wrote:

> Fred Shapiro notes:
> "Merriam-Webster dictionaries pronounce googol with a secondary stress
> on the second syllable."
> FWIW, there's a word in BE that I would spell _googob_, which likewise
> has secondary stress on the second syllable and which has the meaning,
> "a very large number of count nouns or a very large amount of a mass
> noun." A googob of a near-coincidence.
> -Wilson

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