One of the rules for the New York Times Spelling Bee is as follows:
Our word list does not include words that are offensive, obscure, hyphenated or proper nouns.
So you know that if a word starts with a capital letter, it’s not going to be in the word list. This knocks out a lot of words.
Yesterday, just for the hell of it, I tried “google”, since I saw that it had the requisite letters. Sure enough, it was accepted!
Which means, I assume, that google — as opposed to Google — is now a word in the English language. Presumably it is the verb form of the word that is being accepted here: I googled, you are googling, they will have been going to google.
I immediately thought of the Mafia. If you’re a “made man”, then you’re in the club, and your colleagues are less likely to whack you when you’re not looking.
It seems that “google” has now joined the exalted club of “made words”. No wonder Google’s stock has been going up.