Pronunciation of "googol"
george.thompson at NYU.EDU
Sat Dec 21 16:18:57 UTC 2002
The name Google may be derived from a mathematical term, but it seems likely that it and its pronunciation was influenced by the fact that several of its predecessors among web browsers were named after cartoon characters. I recall Archie, which was followed (? if I remember) by Veronica.
I am supposing the the name Google was chosen in part as an allusion to Barney Google.
George A. Thompson
Author of A Documentary History of "The African
Theatre", Northwestern Univ. Pr., 1998.
----- Original Message -----
From: Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU>
Date: Thursday, December 12, 2002 2:33 pm
Subject: Re: Pronunciation of "googol"
> At 9:20 AM -0800 12/12/02, vida morkunas wrote:
> >I say Goo-g'l
> >(in the Pacific NW)
> Me too, but I have an alternation with the full vowel for
> "googolplex", where the [u] in the first syllable and the [a] in the
> second both get secondary stress:
> (...which is, everyone will remember, 1 followed by a googol of
> zeros. A very large number indeed. This too is defined in Gamow's
> _One, Two, Three, Infinity_, or a title approximating that.
> P.S. Actually, I think I've also known myself to use the ['gu,gal]
> pronunciation for "google", with the full vowel.
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