Prompted by a bit of etymological exploration from Anjo (being an ex ESL teacher these things always get me) I figured I’d use A9 to support my contention that all this stuff about the name Google coming from a googol is a bit far fetched really.
You see the real source for the name is Enid Blyton, in particular from The Magic Faraway Tree series where Silky and Moon Face are forever serving up google buns, pop cakes and toffee shocks. I know this because I’ve been reading them to our two beautiful girls over the last year and can prove it (a bit) by this reference (you might need to have an Amazon login?) in The Beautiful Cricket Ball and the Little Toy Store (obviously A9 haven’t got found to Joe, Beth & Frannie’s adventures quite yet.)
Indeed, you’ve gotta wonder if the name doesn’t come from Blyton full stop, she was certainly writing in the 1930s and Wikipedia describes the coining of the term as follows:
“The term was coined in 1938 by nine-year-old Milton Sirotta, nephew of American mathematician Edward Kasner.”
Who knows, is he still around?