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Is it acceptable to lowercase 'google' in all verb forms?

For example:

  • He googled the information.
  • He is googling the information.
  • He googles the information.
  • Please google the information.

Is it now acceptable to lowercase the word 'internet'?

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    I doubt that Google thinks this is legitimate. By lower-casing it you are treating the word as if it were not a trademark, and continued use in that way can cause the loss of the Google trademark. I rather imagine they have lawyers who write pointed letters to people who use lower-case "google" in published works. – Hot Licks Mar 29 '15 at 21:28
  • ("Internet" isn't a trademark -- you can spell it however you want.) – Hot Licks Mar 29 '15 at 21:29
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    This isn't a [punctuation] question, and it shows no research at all – Andrew Leach Mar 29 '15 at 22:07
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    One dictionary entry doesn't make an authority, to which we need to conform. that would prevent us from contributing to redefining it through our own preference of such a new word. – Blessed Geek Mar 29 '15 at 22:13
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    @BlessedGeek That doesn’t change the fact that the question, like nearly all of whippoorwill’s questions, doesn’t show any trace of even the most cursory research. One dictionary entry does not an authority make, but it is certainly a bare minimum of research that ought to be included in the question. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Mar 29 '15 at 22:43
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Google - verb is usually capitalised, but the lower case is also used, (see Ngram).

  • The transitive verb to google (also spelled Google) means using the Google search engine to obtain information on something or somebody on the World Wide Web. However, in many dictionaries the verb refers to using any web search engine, such as Yahoo!.

Ngram: googling vs Googling

Internet vs internet:

  • Many American style guides recommend capitalizing the first letter of Internet, and most major American publications (as well as many Canadian ones) do so. Outside North America, internet is rarely capitalized.

  • The non-U.S. approach makes more sense. There is no good reason to capitalize internet. The convention in English is to capitalize the first letters of proper nouns, which are the official names of people, places, objects, or events.

  • The internet is none of these. It was originally capitalized to differentiate the Internet (the global network that anyone can access) from an internet (any network of interconnected computers), but in common usage this distinction is now irrelevant. Internet is now just a generic term for the communication medium.

(The Grammarist)

  • I disagree with the Grammarist here. The comments on the linked page provide plenty of counter-arguments, but to summarize: It CAN be considered a place, albeit a virtual/distributed one. And either way, it is still a specific, global computer network; it is governed by regulatory bodies (IETF, ICANN, et al.); it is the only such network in existence; and thus distinct from a generic computer network. The only point the counter-arguers get wrong is the notion of generic "internets"; there is only one; the rest are intranets and extranets. – Hugh Guiney Mar 20 '16 at 4:21
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Yes, having google or googling in lowercase is acceptable. See Merriam-Webster.

Also, for internet, see this Wikipedia article. It has become a generic term and can safely be lowercased.

  • It is not perfectly acceptable. It is misusing someone else's property. – Hot Licks Mar 29 '15 at 21:31
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    @HotLicks, it has been accepted into the dictionary in lowercase form as a common term, as opposed to a proper noun. You may wish to contact Merriam-Webster to air your grievances. – Mike Mar 29 '15 at 21:32
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    I think, though, that 'Web' and 'Net' should be capped to differentiate each from a standard 'web' and 'net'. – whippoorwill Mar 29 '15 at 21:54
  • @whippoorwill, fair point. – Mike Mar 29 '15 at 21:55

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