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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by mistersoft on Tue 26th Mar 2013 23:55 UTC
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You Hoover up.
If you need to you might take an Aspirin.
You go online and Google for cheap FCUK .....perhaps

As much as Google might 'feel the need' to protect against generic trademarks, they don't have a right to interfere in the work of the Swedish Language council any more than they do the work of the OED or others. Like Thom and other have said, they're only recording current and passing language usage patterns. That's it.

Edited 2013-03-26 23:57 UTC

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