Google logo is written in Braille today ;-))

Adam Frost icemandeaf at YAHOO.COM
Thu Jan 5 23:22:46 UTC 2006

I would have to agree that Google should be fingerspelled even though I would be the first one to say it should have a sign. The reason I say that is because not many Deaf (American) use a sign for Google. They just spell it.
-----Original Message-----
From: "Honza" <honza at>
Date: 01/05/06 02:03 PM
To: sw-l at
Subject: Re: [sw-l] Google logo is written in Braille today ;-))

Hi Lucy and everyone,

I would fingerspell Google
1) because it is not just one search engine
2) because other words this kind are mostly fingerspelled.

Another think is that Google is almost synomym for internet searching.
Nice word gugla?. Polish is more likely to make this kind of new words. 
In czech it is not so common to do that. Mostly the origin word or its 
translation is used.


Lucyna Dlugolecka wrote:

>> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
>> What do the rest of the ASL users think? If I were forced to make up 
>> a sign on the spot right now, I probably would sign "G" + SEARCH, but 
>> that is without any extra discussion with other ASL users. Maybe 
>> there are other more creative ways to sign it. ;)
>> Stuart
> I back up the fingerspelling, but, if the matter is in a sign for 
> Google, I discussed it with my students and one of my Deaf friends and 
> we agreed to sign Google as just SEARCH. We've chosen this sign 
> because Google is just a searching program and some 95% Internet users 
> use just this program for searching the web. This is the same 
> situation like with other trademarks, like Walkman, Hoover etc. 
> Walkman has become a walkman, and Hoover has become a hoover ;-). And 
> in Poland we even use our own, colloquial word for Google: gugle, 
> which is a plural nomitative and pronounced like [googleh] and 
> inflected for case. And we have also a verb "gugla?" - to google :-).
> Lucy

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