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It’s in the bloody dictionary now…

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on August 14, 2006

…so it’s probably far too late for Google to nastygram newspapers using the word “google”…

In June, Google won a place in the Oxford English Dictionary, while “to google”, with a lower case “g”, was included last month in Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, America’s leading reference book.

The online service WordSpy, meanwhile, defines “google” as: “To search for information on the Web, particularly by using the Google search engine; to search the Web for information related to a new or potential girlfriend or boyfriend.” This is also what pops up first if you type “googling” into Google.

So, will we be googling for Google’s google smack downs?
Is this from the “shutting-the-stable-door-after-the-horse-has-bolted-and-is-now-in-a-different-country” department?

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  1. ajshepherd said,

    Didn’t Hoover fight (and lose) the same battle?

  2. stevegreen said,

    To an extent, as did Tannoy and Ansaphone. Back in the 1980s, the UK Press Gazzette used to include a supplement at least once each year, listing all those tradenames which should be capitalised and only used specifically for that product.

  3. marypcb said,

    they need to go to the effort of protecting the trademark because if it’s deemed just another verb anyone can come up with Google services and they’ll have no recourse against Google Spam, Google Phishing, Google Bank of Nigeria and the like. It’s more fun to blame management but it’s the law we need to be mocking here. If your name is so well known that it becomes generic, you’re rewarded by losing the rights to it. “the law, sir, is an ass.”


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