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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Hot Babes in Bikinis

I am on the internet a lot, for business and for personal use.  There are a zillion websites but there are a few that I go to all of the time.  There is no doubt that the website I most often use is Google.  What does Google even mean? I Googled the Google Company’s website where I learned:

The name 'Google' is a play on the word 'googol,' coined by Milton Sirotta, nephew of American mathematician Edward Kasner. A 'googol' refers to the number represented by a 1 followed by 100 zeros. It's a very large number. In fact, there isn't a googol of anything in the universe -- not stars, not dust particles, not atoms. Google's use of the term reflects our mission to organize the world's immense (seemingly infinite) amount of information and make it universally accessible and useful.

Any time I have a question about anything or need information about anything, I go to Google and I Google it.  If you are talking to someone about information you need, what does your companion tell you.  They don’t recommend you go to the library, or to an encyclopedia, do they?  They tell you to Google it.  Google has become a verb. Well according to the online Merriman-Webster Dictionary, which I Googled, the word “Google” is a “transitive verb”.   The dictionary defines Google as

“to use the Google search engine to obtain information on the World Wide Web”.

I had to use Google to find out what the heck a “transitive verb” is.  I learned that:

“A transitive verb has two characteristics. First, it is an action verb, expressing a doable activity like kick, want, paint, write, eat, clean, etc. Second, it must have a direct object, something or someone who receives the action of the verb.  Here are some examples of transitive verbs:

 Sylvia kicked Juan under the table. - Kicked = transitive verb; Juan = direct object.

Joshua wants a smile from Leodine, his beautiful but serious lab partner. -Wants = transitive verb; smile = direct object.

Cornelius painted the canvas in Jackson Pollock fashion, dribbling bright colors from a heavily soaked brush.-  Painted = transitive verb; canvas = direct object.

Alicia wrote a love poem on a restaurant napkin.- Wrote = transitive verb; poem = direct object.

Antonio eats lima beans drenched in brown gravy. -  Eats = transitive verb; lima beans = direct object.

Pinky the poodle cleans the dirty supper dishes with his tongue before Grandma loads the "prewashed" items into dishwasher. -  Cleans, loads = transitive verbs; dishes, items = direct objects.

I suppose it is somewhat odd to use Google to find out what Google means. It sorta feels like defining a word by using the word to be defined in the definition itself,  I Googled that concept and learned this is a recursive or inductive definition.  But then I Googled further and learned it may be a Circular Definiton.  Then I Googled Circular Definition and learned:
A circular definition is one that uses the term(s) being defined as a part of the definition or assumes a prior understanding of the term being defined. Either the audience must already know the meaning of the key term(s), or the definition is deficient in including the term(s) to be defined in the definition itself. Such definitions lead to a need for additional information that motivated someone to look at the definition in the first place and, thus, violate the principle of providing new or useful information. If someone wants to know what a cellular phone is, telling them that it is a "phone that is cellular" will not be especially illuminating. Much more helpful would be to explain the concept of a cell in the context of telecommunications, or at least to make some reference to portability. Similarly, defining dialectical materialism as "materialism that involves dialectic" is unhelpful. For another example, we can define "oak" as a tree which has catkins and grows from an acorn, and then define "acorn" as the nut produced by an oak tree. To someone who does not know which trees are oaks, nor which nuts are acorns, the definition is inadequate. Consequently, many systems of definitions are constructed according to the vicious circle principle in such a way that authors do not produce viciously circular definitions.
I am now going crazy as each Google compels me to Google something else, which in turns compels me to Google yet another thing and so on and so on.  By the way, I Googled and "so on" and learned the words together is an adjective meaning "continuing in the same way".
I can't stop Googling.  I need to go to a Google Addiction Clinic.  I wonder where I would find one?  I bet I could Google it.
Whew, I am mentally exhausted.  I think I am going to Google "Hot Babes in Bikinis" and just relax for the rest of the day.

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