“Google” Named Word of the Decade

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On Friday, The American Dialect Society announced its word of the year–“Tweet”–and its word of the decade: “google” (note lowercase “g,” indicating a generic form of the company’s name, meaning “to search the Internet”).

Here’s what Grant Barrett, chair of the New Words Committee of the American Dialect Society, had to say about the two words: “Both words are, in the end, products of the Information Age, where every person has the ability to satisfy curiosity and to broadcast to a select following, both via the Internet. I really thought blog would take the honors in the word of the decade category, but more people google than blog, don’t they? Plus, many people think ‘blog just sounds ugly. Maybe Google’s trademark lawyers would have preferred it, anyway.”

This shows you where we’re at. Is it any surprise the eReader was the hot gift item this Christmas?