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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If you still think *oogle is your friend...
by orfanum on Wed 27th Mar 2013 04:27 UTC
orfanum
Member since:
2006-06-02

...you need to find different ones, or redefine your definition of friendship.

I see a lot of people acting towards *oogle like a victim of domestic abuse: "Oh, you know, when he's not drunk (on power), he's so good to me...I could never leave him...(nervously and unconsciously touches bruising around eye...)."

Soon *oogle will be in a position where you'll never be able to leave (*oogle *lass), will always be able to find your refuge and haul you back 'home'.

A plea to its founders: pull the plug on the monster you have created.

Orf.

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