Merriam-Webster gets "googled"

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It's not often that I get to cover matters of linguistic import here on Gadgetbox, so when it comes up, I like to savor it, like a delicious piece of German chocolate forest cake. With extra chocolate. And perhaps just a delicate hint of raspberry.

Massachusetts-based Merriam-Webster has included the world "google" as a verb in the new edition of their Collegiate Dictionary, where it joins the ranks of "xerox" and "hoover." While the advantage is obvious: Google has become a household name, the search engine company isn't all smiles about their new status: The word has been lower-cased in the dictionary entry, though the definition does note that it is a trademark. In the past, Google has enforced its trademark with extreme prejudice, lest it become diluted into meaning using any search engine. Remember, look for the genuine Google logo.

I can only hope one day people speak of gadgetboxing things, preferably in a context unrelated to giftwrap.

[via Ars Technica ]

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