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Google’s a Verb in the Oxford English Dictionary

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Google’s a Verb in the Oxford English Dictionary

Google’s a Verb in the Oxford English Dictionary

The Oxford English Dictionary has officially listed Google as a verb in their latest update on June 15th. According to Gary Price at ResourceShelf, other new entries include “yada yada” and Energizer Bunny.

The search-related news is that Google (as a verb) is now a “draft entry (June 2006)” in this legendary and authoritative English dictionary.

intr. To use the Google search engine to find information on the Internet.
trans. To search for information about (a person or thing) using the Google search engine.

If you’re interested this is the second entry for Google as a verb. In the early 20th century, the OED has this definition:

intr. Of the ball: to have a ‘googly’ break and swerve. Of the bowler; to bowl a googly or googlies; also (trans.), to give a googly break to (a ball). Hence googler, a googly bowler

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