Google is a verb – Oxford English Dictionary

Posted on 7th July, 2006

Apparently so according to Oxford English Dictionary in the latest round of updates.

While inclusion in the highly respected dictionary does prove Google’s pop-culture cachet and a certain jene sais quoi (“I don’t know what;” added to the OED in 1656), verbing isn’t always a good thing. Just ask Xerox how it feels about its company name becoming a synonym for photocopying, a word use the company has fought tooth and nail for many years. Trademarks such as Xerox have to be defended, or they risk lapsing into the public domain.

So is Google doomed to become just another word in the dictionary?

Full story here: To Google or Not to Google

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  • korokmu says:

    It is the matter of trademark. I’ve Google’s quotation about this on my post. If you’re interested, you can read it here

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