It’s official: Google is a verb

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By  Published  July 31, 2006

The word ‘Google’, which has become synonymous with searching the internet since the advent of the popular search engine of the same name, has finally found its way into a US dictionary.

The upcoming 2006 edition of the popular Merriam-Webster Dictionary features the new verb.

“It's not a decision; it’s the acknowledgement of its use in the newspapers, the literature, the media.

It’s very commonly found in print and is used with no explanation," stated Associate editor, Peter Sokolowski on

Although the trademark shed its capital ‘G’ in the process of becoming a verb, ‘google’ is in good company among similar words that have made the leap from brand name to verb, such as Xerox.

The dictionary has also recognised the phrase ‘mouse potato’, which refers to someone who is always glued to their computer screen.

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