Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Yo! Google This!

(screen shot of Google Spell Check)

Apparently, Gmail spell check does not recognized "googled" as a word (past tense of "to google"). Will Microsoft spell checkers recognize "binged" as a word?

...and that's all I have to say about that.

UPDATE: It looks like Roger Shuy at Language Log has gotten on this bandwagon (a month after us, but he's welcomed aboard). He re-iterates Faldone's point (see my comments) and suggests that Microsoft might be bucking this trend of verbing a trademark with bing. He then makes (ahem) the same joke I did. Welcome aboard Roger.

5 comments:

q-pheevr said...

"Binged"? I figured it for a strong verb---uninflected bing, simple past bang, past participle bung.

Chris said...

heehee, strong "bang" could cause problems in the progressive: "Dude, I was banging your sister last night. Guess what I found..."

Considerably less obscene with "googling."

Chris said...

BTW, thanks to the famed wug test, I just assumed a novel verb would be given regular morphology. Though, you're right that it bears a strong resemblance to verbs like sing & wring.

pfctdayelise said...

odds of recognising binge-d are pretty high...

Faldone said...

And, since Google™ undoubtedly discourages the use of their trademarked name in a generic sense, you'll probably never see its use as a verb in its spell-checker dictionary.

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