Google Added to Merriam-Webster Dictionary

The English language has been Googled.

It’s fairly obvious to most folks nowadays that Google has successfully infiltrated many aspects of modern life, from its hand in shaping the ever-changing Internet landscape, to the way its many ad-based services are altering the business world and its effect on how everyday people access information. Indeed, one would need to be abnormally sheltered to have no awareness of the world’s leading search engine and its more publicized happenings.

On Thursday, Google’s uber-company status went one step further when Merriam-Webster announced that it will add the word “Google” to its next hardbound dictionary as a transitive verb meaning “to use the Google search engine to obtain information … on the World Wide Web,” according to the San Jose Mercury News.

The definition of the word “Google” is already available on Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary.

The dictionary entry also includes a pronunciation key, and common usage and etymology information for the word.

Appropriately, it sits atop a list of Ads by Google.

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