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Aug 10, 2008

Origin of Word Google

  • The word ‘Google’ has an interesting origin. First and foremost, the name 'Google' is a play on the word 'Googol', which was coined by Milton Sirotta, nine-year-old nephew of U.S. mathematician Edward Kasner in 1938, to refer to the number represented by 1 followed by one hundred zeros. Although accepted to be coincidental, the name has also been interpreted as being the result of the merging of the words ‘go’ and ‘ogle’ (Wikipedia, 2005). Furthermore, in British slang, to “throw a googly�? means to ask a hard or unanswerable question (Wikipedia, 2005).
  • Today, the term ‘google’ is so widely used and recognised that it has worked its way into modern dictionaries. The online dictionary, http://www.dictionary.com, defines ‘google’ as a verb, meaning ‘to search for information on the Internet’ (Dictionary.com, 2005).

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Anonymous said...

Googly means a Zigzag bowling in cricket, which means like a Googly eyes of OWL. OWL has the biggest eyes (relative to its size) which helps to see a wide region with moving the eyes, The Tamil word for OWL is KOOHAL
The Cricket word GOOGLY is related to Eye.
There is an adjective GOO-GOO which is related to Eye.
The word GOGGLE related to Eye, Owl's eye.
Now,
"Googol" was suggested by a 9 year old boy when asked to suggest a name for a "very, very large number". That child proposed it because the word is too large to handle by EYEs.
It wasn't an unrelated or fictional word.
When you think of reading, "an unreadable very large number", the child thought of Goggle and pat came the reply GooGol.
This Googol was again played-with to get to Google by its creators.
Even though the word came from a round-about route, it ultimately took the help of the watchful OWL.
Koohal is the actual root of Google!