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Old 10-02-2019, 09:40 PM   #1
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my alternative term to "googling" for searching


Because I abhor Google, I have tried to abjure the word "googling" to generically describe using a search engine. I have a feeling others have already thought of this--it was obvious enough--but my wandering mind produced an alternative word: duckducking. Obviously it comes from my using Duckduckgo; and "duckduckgoing" was too hopelessly awkward.

Too goofy-sounding, you say? Perhaps, but did you think it wasn't goofy to call your search engine use "googling"?
 
Old 10-02-2019, 09:58 PM   #2
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I just use the term "web search."

I don't search ducks. I roast them (evil grin).

I startpage.
 
Old 10-02-2019, 10:53 PM   #3
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Ehh, I usually do miss the obvious. What does it mean to "startpage"? Never mind, I just duckducked it.

Oh, that ixquick thing--one of their products. I think I had ixquick in my Firefox search engine list, long ago, then lost it and forgot about it.

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Old 10-02-2019, 10:57 PM   #4
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I know I'm sort of begging to hear someone say "goose," but I don't mind.
 
Old 10-02-2019, 11:08 PM   #5
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I just use the term "web search."

I don't search ducks. I roast them (evil grin).

I startpage.
I often use “your favorite search engine” or “DDG”
 
Old 10-02-2019, 11:47 PM   #6
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If I just want to "generically" tell someone to search the interwebs without mentioning the green eyed Google monster (not that I think Google is evil, or at least the only evil), I'd probably say something like "search for xxxx", or "do a web search for xxxx".

...or if the OP doesn't want to put in even just one ounce of effort into doing any research about their own problem, then I may not even bother trying to help them. But that said, it might be that they simply don't understand the results of the searches they have done - so that's not the same as refusing to put any effort into solving their own problem - in which case, I'd likely still try and help them with it.
 
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"STFW"
 
Old 10-03-2019, 07:46 AM   #8
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Suck the French waffle ???
 
Old 10-03-2019, 09:06 AM   #9
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I just use the term "web search."
Same here.
 
Old 10-03-2019, 09:14 AM   #10
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Suck the French waffle ???
I'm reasonably sure cynwulf means something similar to "RTFM", so in this case "Search The F****** Web".
 
Old 10-03-2019, 11:22 AM   #11
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Joking aside - I've always called it "searching"... I remember search engines which were around long before google though, such as lycos, altavista, infoseek, etc, so that may be why...
 
Old 10-03-2019, 01:10 PM   #12
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I use "searched the web" and the like but I, myself, tend to google (use that search engine) and will type if when I do.
 
Old 10-03-2019, 04:21 PM   #13
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The problem with Google is that the word is so easy to pronounce and remember that it has literally become a synonym to the word "search".
 
Old 10-03-2019, 07:23 PM   #14
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"Search online" is a little smoother than "Search the web" though sometimes you can't help genericising trademarks.

It's Band-aid and Hoovering regardless of brand, and Googling for most people. DuckDuckGo is something people Google with. Of course we can try to use generic terms. I've tried, I find myself saying "Google" to less tech-involved friends and associates.
 
Old 10-03-2019, 08:15 PM   #15
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I just use the term "web search."
Same. Saying you're "Googling" something just gives the company to much mental space.
 
  


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