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AnneB
441082.  Mon Nov 17, 2008 9:27 am Reply with quote

justifiedsinner wrote:

Gotta love the fermat defence


Works almost as well as the ferment defence.

 
Musical.moment
441725.  Tue Nov 18, 2008 3:51 pm Reply with quote

Forgive my ignorance, Google was added to the Oxford dictionary, but im sad to report i dont own a copy, is it a verb, to google, or a nound Google?

 
suze
441752.  Tue Nov 18, 2008 5:13 pm Reply with quote

Both.

The actual Google Corporation isn't terribly keen on the use of Google as the generic term for an Internet search, and has on occasion told the world to cease and desist. But the term doesn't seem likely to stop being used any time soon.

 
AndyMcH
441753.  Tue Nov 18, 2008 5:22 pm Reply with quote

I don't understand that at all. If I owned Google, I'd be more than happy for the company name to be known as the generic term.

I bet Yahoo bosses would LOVE if we said we were Yahooing things !!

 
bobwilson
441756.  Tue Nov 18, 2008 5:31 pm Reply with quote

ah yes - but if a registered trade name is used in general language and the company doesn't take active steps to prevent it, they lose the ability to protect their brand.

Portakabin is a company that makes (would you believe) portable temporary buildings. If you use the term portakabin (with or without capital P) in a print publication when you're actually referring to a temporary building of another manufacturer you will get a letter from Portakabin's legal reps telling you to use the correct terminology and stop abusing their name.

 
eoin
446524.  Thu Nov 27, 2008 8:35 am Reply with quote

Moosh wrote:
Although Google is a (they say deliberate) misspelling of Googol.

The misspelling wasn't deliberate. Brin and Page were at the office late one night, and came up with the notion of naming their search engine after a really big number, which they proceeded to misspell on the whiteboard in their office. They checked if the domain was available, and registered it. They arrived in the following day to find a note on the whiteboard from their office-mate (her name escapes me) saying "it's spelled googol". When they checked that domain name, they found it had already been registered, so they stuck with Google.

 
mckeonj
446560.  Thu Nov 27, 2008 9:36 am Reply with quote

"Barney Google, with the goo-goo-googley eyes"
popular song, early 20c

 
Ian Dunn
454084.  Wed Dec 10, 2008 6:14 am Reply with quote

Google has published its annual list of the most searched items of the year.

The most searched thing on Google in 2008 was, "Facebook", followed by "BBC", "YouTube", "eBay", "Games", "News", "Hotmail", "Bebo", "Yahoo" and "Jobs".

In the UK, the fastest rising search term in 2008 was "iPlayer". This was followed by "Facebook", "iPhone", "Youtube", "Yahoo Mail", "Large Hadron Collider", "Obama", "Friv", "Cam4" and "Jogos".

The most searched politician is Gordon Brown. After him it is David Cameron, Barack Obama, Tony Blair, Sarah Palin, John McCain, George Osborne, Alistair Darling, Boris Johnson and Nicholas Sarkozy (Once again, the Lib Dems are cruelly overlooked).

Amongst the odder things Googled include, "Jozin z Bazin", the fifth-fasting rising term in Poland. Translated as "Joe of the Swamp", it was a comic Czech song performed in 1978. It became a hit on YouTube and the comedian who performed it is touring again because of it.

Story in The Guardian

 
dr.bob
454088.  Wed Dec 10, 2008 6:17 am Reply with quote

I've never heard such utter rubbish in all my life. Are Google really expecting us to believe the most searched words in 2008 weren't "sex", "porn", "milf", etc, etc, etc?

 
justifiedsinner
454150.  Wed Dec 10, 2008 7:38 am Reply with quote

TubewayAndy wrote:
I don't understand that at all. If I owned Google, I'd be more than happy for the company name to be known as the generic term.

I bet Yahoo bosses would LOVE if we said we were Yahooing things !!


It's quite a common thing for companies to resist thier name becoming a word in its own right. My favourite is the use of photoshop as a verb. As opposed to 'Photoshopping' an image, Adobe would much prefer it if you 'The image was enhanced using Adobe® Photoshop® software'


They go into some detail on their website
Quote:
Proper use of the Photoshop trademark
Trademarks help protect corporate and product identity, and Photoshop is one of Adobe's most valuable trademarks. By following the below guidelines, you can help Adobe protect the Photoshop brand name.

The Photoshop trademark must never be used as a common verb or as a noun. The Photoshop trademark should always be capitalized and should never be used in possessive form, or as a slang term. It should be used as an adjective to describe the product, and should never be used in abbreviated form. The following examples illustrate these rules:

Trademarks are not verbs.

CORRECT: The image was enhanced using Adobe® Photoshop® software.
INCORRECT: The image was photoshopped.

http://www.adobe.com/misc/trade.html#photoshop

 
Moosh
454192.  Wed Dec 10, 2008 8:36 am Reply with quote

Ian Dunn wrote:
Google has published its annual list of the most searched items of the year.

The most searched thing on Google in 2008 was, "Facebook", followed by "BBC", "YouTube", "eBay", "Games", "News", "Hotmail", "Bebo", "Yahoo" and "Jobs".


Why on earth do people search for those things?

I assume that someone searching for "facebook" is attempting to get to www.facebook.com, so why not just type that into your URL bar? Similarly BBC, youtube, eBay, hotmail, bebo and yahoo.

 
misterchris
454200.  Wed Dec 10, 2008 8:41 am Reply with quote

Moosh wrote:


I assume that someone searching for "facebook" is attempting to get to www.facebook.com, so why not just type that into your URL bar? Similarly BBC, youtube, eBay, hotmail, bebo and yahoo.


I see it all the time at school - trying to teach adults how to use the Internet. Once the Google toolbar has been found then they no longer use the URL bar. I run adult classes for the local elderly residents and they all do the same thing automatically.

 
Davini994
454370.  Wed Dec 10, 2008 12:25 pm Reply with quote

Or in my case, F [down] [return].

 
Jenny
454680.  Wed Dec 10, 2008 9:58 pm Reply with quote

I just have google Advanced Search as my home page - makes it very easy to open a new browser window and look for whatever.

 
bobwilson
454682.  Wed Dec 10, 2008 10:01 pm Reply with quote

Quote:
Why on earth do people search for those things?


It's quicker to google "facebook" or "bbc" then click on the first link than it is to move the cursor to the address bar then type in the full url.

But I'm with Dr Bob on this - sex, porn etc must be the most searched.

 

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