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Initial post: 5 Jun 2013 11:41:30 BDT
Why do people insist on using the word "google" to mean look up or search? This is a poor use of language but great publicity for the tax evaders.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jun 2013 12:07:24 BDT
Spin says:
Simon: I agree. But the phrase "Google it" is used only because "Wiki it" does not sound right =) Such a misuse of words and their meaning is a reflection of the influence of technology on our lives..."Cookies", "Trolls", "Tweets", "Threads" "Spam" etc. I think it also reflects a lack of imagination on the part of those creating such words to describe things.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jun 2013 12:21:17 BDT
Cookies and Tweets I ignore as I don't really know what they mean anyway. Spam and Troll are words that get on my nerves as I think the meaning could be expressed better by using proper words. I have to admit to using Thread, meaning one of these discussions though. I could just say discussion and be more accurate. Contained in the discussions would be several trains of thought as we often drift off the subject so perhaps that's where my thinking is going adrift.

A word which I think has made its way into the Oxford English Dictionary though is 'Chav', the definition being something along the lines of: An inelegant term which exactly describes a type of designer-label obsessed person. Some of these words are quite witty in their way, but not many!

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jun 2013 12:24:02 BDT
My answer would be that people in the computer age think that 'googling' means research, which it doesn't really. You've looked it up or searched for it. Real research ought to give references, and really I can't be bothered in this context to do that much work.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jun 2013 12:30:08 BDT
Spin says:
CE; Indeed, there is a phrase " The threads of my thoughts". But why didn't the inventors of these terms use the word "Train" as in "Train of thought". One could log onto a Train, instead of a thread...=)

Posted on 5 Jun 2013 12:31:25 BDT
Spin says:
Maybe I should Google Google...=)

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jun 2013 12:35:46 BDT
CHAV - Council house, alcohol, violence ;)

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jun 2013 13:41:23 BDT
Really, is that what it means? I think that's going a bit far.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jun 2013 13:48:26 BDT
Spin says:
CE; For a time being a "chav" was the "in thing". Remember the "Manchester scene"? Oasis and the Spice girls? =) Cool Brittania, in fashion, music and art based on the artistic expression of the chav mentality. Equality for all. The glory of the Blair era. A chav was once adored, unlike now where he is despised...

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jun 2013 13:49:47 BDT
Thanks for enlightening me. That's really offensive in fact, I mean I had a set of grandparents who lived in a council house for many years and they were definitely not into alcohol and violence. I must remember not to use the word - not that I did much anyway.

Posted on 5 Jun 2013 14:03:26 BDT
Spin says:
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In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jun 2013 14:03:52 BDT
Well then your grandparents weren't chavs =P

It's a combination type thing; throw in drugs, criminal record/ASBO, shell of a car perched on concrete blocks in the front yard, uneducated, dangerous dog, single mum with various shades of babies by various baby daddies and it's pretty much it ;)

The 'designer label obsessed person' were differentiated from chavs when I was school, they were referred to as 'trendies'. Though neither are particularly in use any more, and being older I'm not down with the lingo any more lol

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jun 2013 14:42:25 BDT
Are you replying to someone in particular, Spin? I may have used So,.

Vicious circle - viscous is a thick liquid. (To be annoying again.)

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jun 2013 15:03:24 BDT
Spin says:
CE; No, I am referring to every TV interview I have seen over the past year, Why are does Saturn have "rings"? "So, when a body..." Instead of "So" they should say "well.." Why do we have day and night?" Reply; "So, the earth revolves around the Sun..." Instead of "Well, the Earth revolves around the Sun..." Check it out, it is a grammatical phenomenon that occurs mostly in our youth.. Secondly, my inability to spell due to my haste in expressing my passive-aggressive anger at society does not reflect on my genius or the size of my penis...

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jun 2013 15:08:46 BDT
I believe everything you say Spin.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jun 2013 15:10:43 BDT
Spin says:
CE; Good. I am glad someone believes me because I don't. =)

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jun 2013 20:21:17 BDT
pixie says:
I use Yahoo! Love it...but don't say I am going to google or yahoo!

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jun 2013 20:23:53 BDT
Last edited by the author on 5 Jun 2013 20:25:31 BDT
pixie says:
This is not a word I use at all but the definition the "Kids" use is Council House and Violent..ie chav...who knew?! Lol!

edit...sorry noticed a poster above explained! didn't want to delete incase You thought it was a rude one!

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jun 2013 20:36:47 BDT
Thanks. Now I know!

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jun 2013 21:12:59 BDT
Ian says:
People who use the wrong word, like 'viscous' when they mean 'vicious'.

Posted on 5 Jun 2013 21:18:10 BDT
Ian says:
I don't have an issue with words changing their meaning or new words, so google as a verb is fine with me.

However I do hate:

"One of the only..." instead of "One of the few.." or "The only...".

Anything involving degrees of uniqueness ("Very unique", "Extremely unique", etc.); it's either unique or it isn't.

Politicians with their "Difficult decisions" when they mean unpopular decisions.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jun 2013 20:40:04 BDT
...google...google...google...google...google...howzabout goggle? Is that OK by The Funboy One?

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jun 2013 21:59:05 BDT
M. D'CRUZE says:
Well I can hardly say 'Let me BigNaturals.com' that

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jun 2013 22:12:03 BDT
T. S. C. says:
'C. E. Statham says:

A word which I think has made its way into the Oxford English Dictionary though is 'Chav', the definition being something along the lines of: An inelegant term which exactly describes a type of designer-label obsessed person. Some of these words are quite witty in their way, but not many!'

I don't think the term 'chav' is as innocent as you make out though; the term chav seems to be code-word for acceptable Middle class hatred of Working class people in general, or at the very least the poorer, perhaps unemployed section of the W/class.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jun 2013 22:15:24 BDT
T. S. C. says:
'Kodokushi says:

Well then your grandparents weren't chavs =P

It's a combination type thing; throw in drugs, criminal record/ASBO, shell of a car perched on concrete blocks in the front yard, uneducated, dangerous dog, single mum with various shades of babies by various baby daddies and it's pretty much it ;)'

That's more like it! ;~)
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