Thursday, August 20, 2020

The Google Search

 Let's Google it! 

Googling has become second nature.  So much so that referring to google as a verb has surpassed its usage as a noun.  

According to urban legend Google, the first time the word "google" was used as a verb was in July 1998 by Google co-founder Larry Page where he signed off "have fun and keep googling" in a pre-launch mailout.  It gained traction in around 2002 when the American Dialect Society named Google "the most useful" word of the year.  The Oxford English Dictionary added it as a verb between their covers in June 2006.

Last weekend during a soccer messenger chat, one of the mums asked if someone could "please send the google god location" of the fields we were playing at. 

Google God! I laughed at that term and thought it was genius, until she sent a correction that said "Google GPS location ... damn auto-correct".  I replied with "I liked Google God better ... let's go with that!"

Anyway, that got me to thinking about googling and the nicknames people might use for Google. 

I personally refer to Google as Professor Googs.  Professor Googs is a wise older man who knows everything about everything and when he doesn't know it, he sends you to an enormous floor to ceiling reference library to find it, where you get lost going down rabbit holes and you spend a great deal of time sorting the information and working out how to reference it. 

The hubster refers to Google as Mrs Google.  Mrs Google is a wondrous source of information and she not only answers your questions but also tells you where to go, how to get there, how long it will take and gives you tips on how to ensure you get it right.  Her information is reasonably sound and even if she's not right, she convinces you she is.  (He's not talking about me at all ...)

I've asked around and nobody else seems to have nicknames for Google.  Which surprises me.  

What doesn't come as a surprise is that 95% of the people I asked use the term "google" when referring to searching on the internet.  The other 5% simply say "let's look it up" or "let's search it" without referencing Google (or a specific search engine) as either the noun or the verb.  Interestingly, that 5% are under the age of 20 which makes me wonder if given they were born into the world of internet, searching on the web is so common to them, referencing a search engine it is now redundant. 

Anyway, today I ask you:

Do you google it?

Do you simply "look it up"?

Do you have a nickname for Google?


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20 comments :

  1. I usually say 'look it up' because Google may be the biggest but there are other search engines. #lovin'lifelinky

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    1. I never use other search engines. I try Bing from time to time, but I'm always disappointed with the outcome and revert back to Google.

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  2. Dr Google / Google University.

    Is it okay to Google the actual maths homework question directly? Not just the concept?

    Asking for me.

    SSG xxx

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    1. Totes!!! Do/did it ALL THE TIME with high school homework.

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  3. Interestingly, Google is 'at war' with Australia and its media laws. You might see a pop up from Google when you search. It is an "us" and "them" situation and Australia is hitting back in its own way. Yes, it's powerful. Yes, we use it. I tend to say 'I'll look it up' rather than google it. It sure has changed much of our behaviours BUT in the meantime it knows much more about us than we know. Yikes.

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  4. No nick name but I have to google everything. I'm not sure if I say google or look it up. Will try and catch myself. It drived my husband crazy as I need to know everything. The exact stats on something, what other movies I've seen some small inconsequential character actor in and so on. The other night we were watching something set in North Carolina and I had to look up what the capital of that state was cos I realised I didn't know. My husband said "Why do you need to know that anyway?" and I responded "So I can forget it straight away". I don't know why I need to know but I LOVE that I can look up anything!!!

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    1. Hahahahaha!! Yes. Me too. Especially the bit part in movies. Always!!

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  5. I say to my son, have you tried the google machine? Haha

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    1. Hahaha! I love that. So old fashioned but totally modern at the same time. Good one!

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  6. Google is the best, and it has been for a long time. :)

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  7. We used to have a google book when we were travelling (before the internet was on your phone). We would write down all the questions that we had and look them up later. I don't think we ever looked them up!!

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  8. So very funny. I don't have a nickname but I use Google a lot. Thanks for this humorours look at it.

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    1. You're welcome! See you soon for the next Lovin Life Linky

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