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    Re: Is "google" now a verb?

    Correct, but then you knew that 'cos you googled it


    Of course it's a verb and unlike many 'real' or 'traditional language' verbs it's one that almost every English speaker on the planet understands ..... unlike procrastinate or blather for example
    Excuse me for not taking this seriously .....

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    Re: Is "google" now a verb?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lor Ling View Post
    Wasn't that a googol?

    googol - Google Search

    Yes it was - I just googled it!
    You win one debate point and a greenie.


    Here's a page on the Web that tells about the origin of the words
    googol and googolplex:

    How Many? A Dictionary of Units of Measurement
    http://www.unc.edu/~rowlett/units/dictG.html

    This says:

    "googol

    a unit of quantity equal to 10^100 (1 followed by 100 zeroes). The
    googol was invented by the American mathematician Edward Kasner (1878-
    1955) in 1938. According to the story, Kasner asked his nephew Milton
    Sirotta, who was then 8 years old, what name he would give to a really
    large number, and "googol" was Milton's response. Kasner also defined
    the googolplex, equal to 10^googol, that is, 1 followed by a googol of
    zeroes. These inventions caught the public's fancy and are often
    mentioned in discussions of very large numbers."

    A slightly different version is in

    Googolplex
    The Googolplex Page

    I guess the term was adapted from this word. Thanx for the fax.

    Quote Originally Posted by defender View Post
    Correct, but then you knew that 'cos you googled it
    You win one debate point and a greenie too, defender.
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    Re: Is "google" now a verb?

    the modern venacular of the word google is that it is a verb, and a noun

    can some one show a gerund example my mind won't let me go there right now.
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    Re: Is "google" now a verb?

    Would you mind googling that up for me?
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    Re: Is "google" now a verb?

    google has always been a verb, at least since 1907.
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    Official Re: Is "google" now a verb?

    Quote Originally Posted by DunceCap View Post
    the modern venacular of the word google is that it is a verb, and a noun

    Yes indeed


    Quote Originally Posted by DunceCap View Post
    can some one show a gerund example my mind won't let me go there right now.

    I luv googling.

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    Re: Is "google" now a verb?

    Quote Originally Posted by OED
    google, v.

    ("gu;g(@)l) [Back-formation from googly n.]

    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 Badminton Mag. Sept. 289 The googlies that do not google. 1909 Westm. Gaz. 5 July 7/4 Mr. Lockhart, having ‘googled’ to no purpose from the ‘nursery’ end. 1923 Daily Mail 9 July 11 In R. H. Bettington they have a googler who might triumph over the best of wickets. 1928 Daily Tel. 12 June 19/2 Constantine+was out to a semi-yorker, which also ‘googled’. 1930 Ibid. 25 Apr. 8/5 Grimmett+can spin the ball and google it.
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    Re: Is "google" now a verb?

    Quote Originally Posted by Killing Me Softly 101 View Post
    Google was a math word before Google latched on to it. 1 followed by 100 zeros. A very large number.

    A "google" is the number 10^100. A "googleplex" is an even larger number-- internet sources. I already knew this but just looked it up to be certain.
    Hahahhaha. Google has never been a math word.

    Have a green Lor Ling.

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    Re: Is "google" now a verb?

    Quote Originally Posted by WhatsGrammar
    Hahahhaha. Google has never been a math word.
    Yes, but googol has:
    Quote Originally Posted by OED
    googol

    ("gu;gQl) [Arbitrary: see quot. 1940.]

    A fanciful name (not in formal use) for ten raised to the hundredth power (10100). Also "googolplex [cf. -plex in multiplex, complex], a name for ten raised to the power of a googol.

    1940 Kasner & Newman Math. & Imagination i. 23 The name ‘googol’ was invented by a child (Dr. Kasner's nine-year-old nephew) who was asked to think up a name for a very big number, namely, 1 with a hundred zeros after it.+ At the same time that he suggested ‘googol’ he gave a name for a still larger number: ‘Googolplex’. Ibid. 25 A googol is 10100; a googolplex is 10 to the googol power. 1945 Astounding Science Fiction Jan. 126/2 George Brown+was the only one who came within a googol of light-years of guessing what they were. 1953 Time 6 July 68/2 Parade+spoofed the whole practice with a circulation brochure to prove that it is headed unmistakably toward the ‘googol’. 1966 Ogilvy & Anderson Excurs. Number Theory ix. 111 The googol+can easily be written out in full in about two lines of print.

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    Re: Is "google" now a verb?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyrille View Post
    Sorry?

    Examples please.



    Would like some links to that too, please.

    (A polite way of saying 'what a pile of bull crap' )
    caught it in the news a long time ago but why don't you try googling : "google prevent verb" and see for yourself how much bull crap it is
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    o what the hell, here is a copy paste for yer lazy arse

    Google Fighting Verb Usage
    Google Fighting Verb Usage

    Tuesday, August 8th, 2006;
    -- Andy Beal |
    SEW reports on Google’s attorney’s attempts to stop media using “google” as a verb.
    According to the (hand addressed) letter sent to the Washington Post Google has come up with some examples or suggestions to linguistically aid us in the future. What is appropriate is “He ego-surfs on the Google search engine to see if he’s listed in the results.”, and inappropriate language is “He googles himself.”
    Well they need to get on the phone to T-Mobile, as I spotted this at DFW airport…

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    another one

    Google trademark lawyers protest Google being used as a verb Make You Go Hmm

    Google trademark lawyers protest Google being used as a verb

    search engines — by TDavid @ 9:59 am PST New! (Hmm, no ratings yet)



    I’m not a trademark lawyer and don’t pretend to understand the intracies of trademark law. I also own Google stock. Neither of these truths should prevent me from exercising common sense which the following story seems to be lacking — on the Google side, via Washington Post:
    Google, evidently, took offense to this passage in last month’s article: “Google, the word, now takes its place alongside the handful of proper nouns that have moved beyond a particular product to become descriptors of an entire sector — generic trademarks.” This characterization of Google, the letter warned, is “genericide” and should be avoided. Such letters are cranked out every day by companies keen on protecting their trademarks.
    I do understand that from a legal perspective a brand must be protected or the trademark can be invalidated, but wouldn’t your name being treated as a verb strengthen the brand? Maybe I’m missing this one completely and need some lawyer readers to school me on why this dilutes the brand for people and publications to use Google as a verb?
    They aren’t going to use Google as a verb to discuss something that isn’t related to Google (ok, maybe some writers will), so it all ties back into the brand. Normally, I would google search Google for the answer.
    Somebody get Professor Strunk. Omit needless words!

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    anywho, to who goes the green on this one?

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    Re: Is "google" now a verb?

    Quote Originally Posted by DunceCap View Post
    can some one show a gerund example my mind won't let me go there right now.
    Googling has been helping ignoramuses look well-informed for over a decade now.

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    Re: Is "google" now a verb?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyrille
    Examples please
    Quote Originally Posted by King Lear
    He childed as I fathered
    nouns to verbs
    Quote Originally Posted by Trolius & Cressida
    Kingdomed Achilles in commotion rages
    noun to adjective
    Quote Originally Posted by Othello
    To lip a wanton in a secure couch/And to suppose her chaste!
    noun to verb and adjective to noun

    - though for the last one I'm pretty sure that wanton started off a noun and became and adjective, so maybe Shakespeare was using it as would have been normal in his day.

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    Re: Is "google" now a verb?

    Quote Originally Posted by kikiat View Post
    but wouldn’t your name being treated as a verb strengthen the brand?
    I'd have thunk so (and I can say that in all confidence, without even having to google it first!)
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