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2006\12\31@160217 by Blair J. Weiss

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I've heard a couple of references to Gargoyle lately, googling Gargoyle and
Electronics doesn't come up with anything too spectacular... can anyone
enlighten me?

Blair

2006\12\31@161111 by Steve Smith

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Google = Gargoyle in techno speak (I think)

Steve

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Subject: [EE] Gargoyle?

I've heard a couple of references to Gargoyle lately, googling Gargoyle and
Electronics doesn't come up with anything too spectacular... can anyone
enlighten me?

Blair

2006\12\31@162042 by peter green

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> I've heard a couple of references to Gargoyle lately, googling
> Gargoyle and
> Electronics doesn't come up with anything too spectacular... can anyone
> enlighten me?
i think its a nickname for google but i'm not sure


2006\12\31@162516 by Rolf

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Blair J. Weiss wrote:
> I've heard a couple of references to Gargoyle lately, googling Gargoyle and
> Electronics doesn't come up with anything too spectacular... can anyone
> enlighten me?
>
> Blair
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>  
Gargoyle is just a name some people here are calling what everyone else
calls Google...

What you did was recursive... you gargoyled gargoyle

Rolf

2006\12\31@164422 by Jinx

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> I've heard a couple of references to Gargoyle lately

Just a very silly nickname for Google. Although a nickname
usually has some relevance. Gargoyles were traditionally
used to ward off evil spirits, yet Google has been painting
itself a little black lately (user profiling, data collecting etc)

2006\12\31@182718 by Denny Esterline

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> I've heard a couple of references to Gargoyle lately, googling Gargoyle and
> Electronics doesn't come up with anything too spectacular... can anyone
> enlighten me?
>
> Blair
>
As others have pointed out gargoyle is used as a euphemism for google, but it did come about for more reasons than just "techno-speak". Back a few months ago Google was involved in some legal fuss about people using the term google as a generic verb meaning "to search the web" instead of their preferred Google, a proper (and trademarked) noun.

-Denny


2006\12\31@220412 by Rich

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I went to gargoyle.com and found a variety of things including, gargoyles,
sun glasses, etc.  So I reasoned that gargoyle must be a pun on google.

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'[EE] Gargoyle?'
2007\01\01@080306 by Gerhard Fiedler
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Rich wrote:

>> As others have pointed out gargoyle is used as a euphemism for google,
>> but it did come about for more reasons than just "techno-speak". Back a
>> few months ago Google was involved in some legal fuss about people
>> using the term google as a generic verb meaning "to search the web"
>> instead of their preferred Google, a proper (and trademarked) noun.

> I went to gargoyle.com and found a variety of things including,
> gargoyles, sun glasses, etc.  So I reasoned that gargoyle must be a pun
> on google.

IIRC, Russell introduced it here. I don't consider it "techno-speak", more
"un-techno speak", maybe with a twist of "pc speak" :)

Google is going after certain uses of "Google" or "to google" as generic
words in order to preserve their trademark. AIUI, at least under US law,
they may lose the trademark if they become generic words and they didn't do
anything against it. But other than writing you a letter and asking you not
to do it, they can't do much about it.

I continue to use mainly Google for searches, and as long as it is
generally understood, I continue to use "to google" or "to check Google" as
generic expressions for "to search the web" -- I'm not overly concerned
with Google's potential trademark problems :)  

That's just the price they may have to pay for becoming the main search
engine. Similar to Kleenex and other such cases.

Gerhard

2007\01\03@223729 by Vitaliy

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Gerhard Fiedler wrote:
> Google is going after certain uses of "Google" or "to google" as generic
> words in order to preserve their trademark. AIUI, at least under US law,
> they may lose the trademark if they become generic words and they didn't
> do
> anything against it.

Absolutely. That's why Xerox says, "you can't xerox a xerox on a xerox". :)

-Vitaliy


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