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Thursday, July 06, 2006

It's Official

Google is no longer just a de facto verb:

Need tips on how to groom a unibrow or soul patch? Just google it...

If you're still lost, grab the latest edition of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary for a definition of those and about 100 other words that have made their way into its pages.
"Google is definitely a verb," said Dan Reynolds, a 35-year-old salesman at YES Computers in Northampton. "Google has become like a secondary brain for a lot of people. If you want quick info on something, that's what you do. You Google it."

Respectful of the trademark, Merriam-Webster lowercases the entry but maintains the capitalization while explaining that the verb means "to use the Google search engine" to retrieve online information.

"We're defining a trademark as a verb, just like we did with the word xerox," Morse said.

Wonder when 'bloggered' will be added...


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