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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RE: Ridiculous.
by lucas_maximus on Tue 26th Mar 2013 22:04 UTC in reply to "Ridiculous."
lucas_maximus
Member since:
2009-08-18

The other version of the story is that when they got to get funding they called it "googleplex" which is a very large number and the investor wrote the check to google after they misheard it.

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RE[2]: Ridiculous.
by tylerdurden on Wed 27th Mar 2013 02:54 in reply to "RE: Ridiculous."
tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

That's an urban myth. Google was their name even back when it was still an academic project as a .stanford.edu subdomain.


http://infolab.stanford.edu/~backrub/google.html


In any case, corporations controlling language is an awful thing.

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RE[3]: Ridiculous.
by lucas_maximus on Wed 27th Mar 2013 13:16 in reply to "RE[2]: Ridiculous."
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

I expect it to be, though I do like to think that they came up with a overblown name and the exec cocked it up and it became such a well known brand.

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