EDNote: I combine these two comments about "google" and "googling".  These will be the last two "google" comments I post to the list (unless someone digs up another direct VN "google" usage), as the thread seems to be leading us into the dark side of the "VN content only" policy.


Nabokv-L writes:


 > That "google" is different from "googol" borrowed by founders or Google.
 > That "googol" is a noun and stands for the figure 1 followed by 100 zeroes
 > equal to 10100 (see below quote from Wikipedia). The story goes that
 > Internet search engine Google was named as a play on that number's name. One
 > wonders, did founders of the company read Ada, or is it a coincidence?
 > Nabokov's "google" is the verb while the Company's is a noun. 

Pedantically speaking, "to google" exists and means "to search by means
of google.com".

 > Around 1920, in order to pique the interest of children, Kasner wanted a
 > catchy name for a very large number: one, followed by a hundred zeros. On a
 > walk in New Jersey's Palisades with his nephews, Milton (c. 1911–1980) and
 > Edwin Sirotta, Kasner asked for their ideas. Nine-year-old Milton suggested
 > "googol".
 > Let me mischievously suggest that Google be sued (by whom?) for damages (in
 > what?). That is unless they agree to popularize VN and "Ada" (do we need
 > it?).

If you look for a target to sue, check another quote from "Ada":

    "... for the genius is not all gingerbread even for Billionaire Bill ..."

 > - George


Re: [NABOKV-L] [Fwd: google, googol and Google]
Stan Kelly-Bootle <skb@bootle.biz>
Sun, 26 Mar 2006 17:03:30 +0000
Vladimir Nabokov Forum <NABOKV-L@LISTSERV.UCSB.EDU>

It is true that the company name, “Google,” is a noun. But we desriptionists observe its wide use in the computer “laxicon’ as a verb or adjective or whatever: “I must google the NABOKOV-L archive...;” “My search engine  achieves google performance.”
Compare the noun/verb “Hoover/hoover.” “Googling” has become the generic act of searching the web.
Parts of speech (noun, verb, etc) are determined by usage/context rather than by prescription!

Stan Kelly-Bootle
Computer Contradictionary, MIT Press, 1995

On 26/3/06 3:47 am, "Nabokv-L" <nabokv-l@UTK.EDU> wrote:

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