"googling" -- I didn't know

Doug Harris cats22 at FRONTIERNET.NET
Sun May 27 02:40:44 UTC 2007

Ah, yes, cricket.
If you feel like an outsider when those in the know
are having a go, this will (definitely NOT!) help:
(the other) doug

(ps: I found the above by googling.)

Joel Berson wrote:

Perhaps "google" and "googling" cannot be trademarked, due to prior use?

I attended a performance of Pinter's "No Man's Land" this week.  In
the first act, Spooner insinuates something about Hirst's wife
(exactly what Pinter intends is never clear) by asking if she was
good with legbreaks, offbreaks, and googling -- all references to
curving pitches in cricket.

google v. intr. Of the ball: to have a 'googly' break and swerve. Of
the bowler; to bowl a googly or googlies; also (trans.), to give a
googly break to (a ball). Hence "googler, a googly bowler.  1907-.

googly n. A ball which breaks from the off, though bowled with
apparent leg-break action.  1903-.


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