February 20, 2007

just mapquest me

My tax preparator has a new office. She asked me if I needed directions. If yes, "just mapquest me". I thought that was very original, but when I googled* the expression, I got more than 1000 hits just for the combination "mapquest me". Sorry, Yahoo, another missed opportunity, I'm not sure you'll ever become a verb.

The OED prefers to capitalize the verb, but Merriam-Webster doesn't. Both dictionaries give the definition as "to use the Google search engine to obtain information about (as a person) on the World Wide Web", but personally, I'd say I googled something even if I used a different search engine, such as Yahoo.

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