G is for Google #atozchallenge


This post idea comes courtesy of my little boy, Colin.  It was he who suggested it.

This word, this innocuous little word, used to be the definition of 1 followed by a hundred zeroes.  That is a huge number to contemplate.  It makes a billion seem so tiny and insignificant in comparison.   I wonder if that comes close to number of grains of sand on the beaches of the Earth?

Now, it has a new definition.  Google now means the popular search engine which was developed about 20 years ago, more or less.  To Google something means to search for information about that subject.  With all the things out there on the net, this new definition has caught on and is used by pretty much everyone.

You don’t hear anyone saying they want to Bing something, or Ask, or Yahoo a picture.  In fact, if you used any of these search engines, people would look at you weird or slap you silly for being naughty.  You know, they also don’t have the same ring as Google.  They fall woefully short.

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4 thoughts on “G is for Google #atozchallenge

  1. My daughter taught me that google was a number, she learned it in pre-k or kindergarten. I had only ever known it as a search engine. What does that tell us about how different their world is from ours growing up.

  2. Google has really caught on, hasn’t it? I remember for a brief time people would talk about “asking Jeeves” but it was never the same. “Googling” is now in the dictionary as a verb! So cool.

    Thanks for the post! Good luck with the challenge!

    Dianna Fielding
    sociologyfornerds.com

    1. It wasn’t all that long ago when Google came out and I barely remember it, but it seems as though Googling has always been there. Strange how quickly it caught on. hard to believe I’d use the default search in IE and now I don’t even touch that browser.

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