Google is Not a Verb

By Deane Barker on June 24, 2003

BBC NEWS | UK | Google calls in the ‘language police’: Why do companies insist on doing this? Google has called in the lawyers to try and stop people from using “Google” has a verb (“Did you google that new girlfriend of yours?”):

“The company’s lawyers are trying to stamp out this sort of language. .. Understandably a fan of internet search engines
Paul McFedries, who runs the lexicography site Word Spy, received a stiffly worded letter from the firm after he added ‘google’ to his online lexicon. … The company asked him to delete the definition or revise it to take account of the ‘trade mark status of Google’. He opted for the latter. “

This echos of that Adobe thing we wrote about several months back.