Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th Mar 2013 17:07 UTC
Google The Swedish Language Council wanted to list 'ungoogleable' as a new word. Google didn't like it. "The word was to be used to describe something 'that you can't find on the web with the use of a search engine', according to the Language Council. However, Google was less than thrilled that a word based on its name had been highlighted by Sweden's 'official language cultivation body'. Google wanted the council to specify that the word's definition only covered searches performed using Google, and not searches involving other search engines." Sadly, the Council decided to scrap the word altogether. Google, get your filthy paws off our languages. It seems like large corporations love to exert pressure on language - Apple tried something similar a few years ago with the abbreviation 'app', something which I exposed for the idiocy that it was. I will use whatever words I damn well please, and so should everyone else. The Swedish Language Council shouldn't even have acknowledged Google's ridiculous request with a response.
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No harm done
by cheemosabe on Tue 26th Mar 2013 17:48 UTC
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There is normally no authority that decides words as existing or having a certain meaning. The most recognition a word can get is usually getting in a dictionary. If a word gets used often enough there is nothing an institution can do but acknowledge it (which adds zero value to it being in a dictionary).

Beyond that an institution _can_ advocate usage of a word. It is here that I would ask this institution, not Google, to leave me alone to use whatever I want.

That said, no corporation would have acted differently from Google. If they did they would rightfully be called incompetent. Maybe I would be offended if trademark law wasn't so stupid in this regard.

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