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Ungoogleable? Google tells Sweden 'ogooglebar' can't be a word.

Google asks Swedish Language Council to remove 'ogooglebar' – or ungoogleable, in English – from its list of new 2012 words. 


Is ungoogleable a word? Google isn't so sure. Here, a homepage doodle from 2010.

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Late last year, the Swedish Language Council published a report of words that had entered the Swedish lexicon in 2012. Among them was ogooglebar – ungoogleable, in English. This did not please Google. In fact, according to the Council (you'll need to enable Google Translate, unless you speak Swedish), Google promptly wrote representatives for the organization, and asked them to remove the word. 

The Council duly fired back – "we decide together which words should be and how they are defined, used and spelled," reads a defiant post on the Council website – and the ensuring furor has made Ungoogleable Gate front page news even in the US. So what's Google's problem? Well, to put it simply, Google is worried that if everyone starts using the word "google" as a lower-case verb or noun, it will dilute the name. 


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