"the google" noun was Re: Re: Word of the Decade Nominations Open for 2000-2009

Amy West medievalist at W-STS.COM
Tue Jan 20 02:37:54 UTC 2009

This jogged my memory: this past week, on the 16th, there was a
Doonesbury where Roland Hedley uses Google apparently as a synonym
for the Web or the Internet: "Sir, according to my research on the
Google, you've already been judged a failure."


---Amy West

>Date:    Fri, 16 Jan 2009 13:11:44 -0500
>From:    Benjamin Zimmer <bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU>
>Subject: Re: Word of the Decade Nominations Open for 2000-2009
>Since the overall WOTY winners didn't necessarily have much staying
>power (I'm lookin' at you, "plutoed"), I'd suggest we take a look back
>at what won the "most useful" and "most likely to succeed" categories
>in each year. From this vantage point, it looks like 2002's "google"
>and "blog" are obvious frontrunners.
>most useful: google, v.
>most likely to succeed: blog

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