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Google Ranks Second In Merriam-Webster's Word Of 2006 List

Gary Price reports Google, the verb, was the second most popular word in Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year survey that just came out.

Merriam-Webster published the top ten words over here. The top word is “truthiness” by Stephen Colbert.

I wonder how Google is feeling about this given efforts this year to get people not to use Google as a word.

Answer? They don’t have a problem, since the definition is about doing a search on Google itself. From a recent blog post at Google:

Usage: ‘Google’ as verb referring to searching for information on, um, Google.

Example: “I googled him on the well-known website Google.com and he seems pretty interesting.”

Our lawyers say: Well, we’re happy at least that it’s clear you mean searching on Google.com. As our friends at Merriam-Webster note, to “Google” means “to use the Google search engine to find information about (as a person) on the World Wide Web.”

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