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Google Says Googling Is Inappropriate

Concerned over the word “Google” becoming a noun in such common usage that they lose their trademark on it (like “escalator” which used to be a trademark of the Otis Elevator Company), Google is objecting to certain uses of their popular name. An article in WebProNews discusses it and cites the original article in The Washington Post, which was apparently taken to task by Google’s lawyers.

Appropriate: He ego-surfs on the Google search engine to see if he’s listed in the results.

Inappropriate: He googles himself.

Appropriate: I ran a Google search to check out that guy from the party.

Inappropriate: I googled that hottie.

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