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#173079 - 02/01/08 10:17 PM Google
Porcupine Offline
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Loc: New Mexico
I find myself amused and surprised (though I shouldn't be, I suppose) that the word google already has it's own dictionary definition. I thought it was simply vernacular to refer to 'googling' something.

I also find myself checking the definitions of words I know well before I use them to post on this site because I'm terrified of being ridiculed, which means I'm assuming that everyone here is actually smarter than I am.

Funny.

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#173082 - 02/02/08 02:11 AM Re: Google [Re: Porcupine]
morphememedley Offline
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Registered: 01/16/08
Posts: 155
Be not daunted there, Porcupine, if you'll take such exhortation from a fellow stranger.

I found some comfort today upon discovering Grammar Puss: the fallacies of the language mavens by Steven Pinker.

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#173084 - 02/02/08 02:29 AM Re: Google [Re: morphememedley]
Zed Offline
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Loc: British Columbia, Canada
Lots of things here go over my head. People mainly ridicule those they have known long enough to be comfortable with. On the other hand they will correct anyone but that is just stating facts, not meant to belittle. Occasionally someone will be wearing their grumpy pants but that is their problem. (Grumpy pants chafe something fierce.)

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#173085 - 02/02/08 02:32 AM Re: run away! [Re: Porcupine]
zmjezhd Offline
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I find myself amused and surprised [...] that the word google already has it's own dictionary definition.

I find myself amused, but not surprised, that a self-anointed prescriptivist would shove a solecistic apostrophe into the possessive form of it.
_________________________
Ceci n'est pas un seing.

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#173086 - 02/02/08 05:10 AM Re: run away! [Re: zmjezhd]
themilum Offline
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Registered: 05/25/02
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Originally Posted By: zmjezhd
I find myself amused and surprised [...] that the word google already has it's own dictionary definition.

I find myself amused, but not surprised, that a self-anointed prescriptivist would shove a solecistic apostrophe into the possessive form of it.

I find myself surprised, but not amused, that a new member who is "...terrified of being ridiculed" must be publicly flogged (as it were) for committing a "solecistic apostrophe".

However zmjezhd, for your catch of Porcupine's egregious misuse of the apostrophe the tribunal has decided to award you ten merit points.

Congratulations!



Edited by themilum (02/02/08 05:12 AM)

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#173087 - 02/02/08 08:32 AM Re: Google [Re: Porcupine]
Faldage Offline
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Originally Posted By: Porcupine
I find myself amused and surprised (though I shouldn't be, I suppose) that the word google already has it's own dictionary definition. I thought it was simply vernacular to refer to 'googling' something.


Just asking like, but did you mean that you thought that the name of the search engine was taken from the verb?

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#173090 - 02/02/08 09:43 AM Re: run away! [Re: zmjezhd]
Porcupine Offline
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Posts: 29
Loc: New Mexico
Originally Posted By: zmjezhd
I find myself amused, but not surprised, that a self-anointed prescriptivist would shove a solecistic apostrophe into the possessive form of [i]it.


I now find myself annoyed.

FYI Grumpy Pants - I'm actually not a self-anointed prescriptivist, but thanks for the compliment. And I'd like to painfully shove a solecistic apostrophe (whatever the hell that may be) into one or more of your self-anointed prescriptivist orifices.

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#173092 - 02/02/08 09:45 AM Re: Google [Re: Faldage]
Porcupine Offline
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Registered: 02/01/08
Posts: 29
Loc: New Mexico
Originally Posted By: Faldage
Just asking like, but did you mean that you thought that the name of the search engine was taken from the verb?


No, Faldage, I did not.

And thanks, everyone, (except for zkhmzhdg or whatever his/her user name is, who seems to have his/her grumpy pants on rather tightly) for the reassurances!

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#173093 - 02/02/08 09:46 AM Stay! [Re: Porcupine]
AnnaStrophic Offline
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Posts: 6511
Loc: lower upstate New York
Hang in there, Porcupine. We like to argue. Ad hominems aren't kosher, of course, but whatchagonnado?

Welcome! It's great to have a new and intelligent voice around here.

(edited for typo)


Edited by AnnaStrophic (02/02/08 09:48 AM)

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#173095 - 02/02/08 10:10 AM Re: Stay! [Re: AnnaStrophic]
themilum Offline
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Google: proper noun; ranked #847,031 of surnames in U.S. (1934) See below...

Barney Google, with the goo-goo-goo-ga-ly eyes.
Barney Google had a wife three times his size
She sued Barney for divorce
Now he's living on his horse

Barney Google, with the goo-goo-goo-ga-ly eyes.
Barney Google is the guy who never buys.
Women take him out to dine, then he steals the waiter's dime.
Barney Google, with the goo-goo-goo-ga-ly eyes

Barney Google, with the goo-goo-goo-ga-ly eyes.
Barney Google tried to enter paradise.
When Saint Peter saw his face, he said, "Go to the other place.
Barney Google*, with the goo-goo-goo-ga-ly eyes.
"


* In 1998 Barney was awarded $5,000,000,000 in a copyright infringement lawsuit against Google Inc. and immediately bought a stable of race horses and became transgendered. Today, he and/or she, both live in Sunnydale California.

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Edited by themilum (02/02/08 10:19 AM)

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