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Google It!

(7/10/06)

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The word “google” has many uses. It is an adjective, used to describe very large numbers. It is also a proper noun. “Google” is the name of a popular Internet search engine. It also has a new meaning.

The writers of a new edition of a dictionary have used it as a verb. They list "google" as a verb. It means to search the Internet. This makes terms like "google me" part of the English language. A person could say "I wanted to know more about volcanoes so I googled it." "Google" is now an official part of the English language. The dictionary's editors say that this just means that the public has adopted the term.

"Google" is one of 100 new words that were included in the new dictionary. Many other words are based on technology. "Mouse potato" is someone who spends a lot of time in front of a computer. "Ringtone" is the sound of a cell phone ringing.

Many new technology words have become common. We use them every day and don’t even think about them.

(This was adapted from an original story provided by News10 KXTV Sacramento.)

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