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You’re such a Yahoo!

20 Aug 2008 | | No Comment

Roughly a year ago, Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, included the word “Google”, albeit with a reference to it being a trademark.

arts technica’s Nate Anderson, even went so far as to make a prediction that within a decade, it will also become a word with an alternate (negative) connotation, i.e.

“Go google yourself”

Of course, presently it refers to the use of the Google search engine on the web. On the other hand, the same online dictionary isn’t quite so generous with fellow search-engine-classmate Yahoo – referring to it as a noun for a “…boorish, crass, or stupid person”.

Well, let’s take a look at how both search engines rate in terms of their crawling and counting of the primary electronic document formats:


  • pdf – 269,000,000
  • doc – 36,400,000
  • odt – 71,400
  • xps – 7,920

  • pdf – 489,000,000
  • doc – 43,200,000
  • odt – 253,000
  • xps – 49,300

I guess at this stage, if I was looking for a digital document, I’d be crazy not to Google the net and make a bit of Yahoo of myself.

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