By Ernie Os
San Diego, CA., April 8, 2012- English, like any language, like anything in life, is always evolving.
There are many examples of phrases that have almost inexplicable rules in grammar and the way they are read, spoken and understood.
One great example is the word “google”.
How many of you know what the word “google” means?
Well whatever the definition of this word is, it definitely is a very important word for the majority of the world’s modern day working class.
If I were to ask any person on the streets about the definition of this word today, they would probably have a clear meaning of what this powerful word means to them in their everyday life.
The reality is a simple one, here’s a bit of history about this iconic company:
Here are the founders of the mega search engine looking “cool”……
Founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin met at Stanford University in 1995. By 1996, they had built a search engine (initially called BackRub) that used links to determine the importance of a individual webpages.
Larry Page and Sergey Brin meet at Stanford. (Larry, 22, a U Michigan grad, is considering the school; Sergey, 21, is assigned to show him around.) According to some accounts, they disagree about almost everything during this first meeting.
Larry and Sergey, now Stanford computer science grad students, begin collaborating on a search engine called BackRub.
BackRub operates on Stanford servers for more than a year—eventually taking up too much bandwidth to suit the university.
Larry and Sergey decide that the BackRub search engine needs a new name. After some brainstorming, they go with Google —a play on the word “googol,” a mathematical term for the number represented by the numeral 1 followed by 100 zeros. The use of the term reflects their mission to organize a seemingly infinite amount of information on the web.
So as we know, the word “google” (sometimes a verb, and sometimes a noun), was actually born around 15 years ago somewhere in the Stanford area of California.
This is just a brief story about a word that has recently been given life by its mother tongue, but without a doubt, will be in the palates of many throughout the course of history.
We should always remember that any language has its own life, and this is what intrigues us and attracts many scholars to its wonder.
So next time you ask your English teacher a question about a strange word or verse, remember that the answer can really be unpredictable,