The search engine Google was launched in 1998 and on that same year, the term googling was first used. The verb “to google” earned its official status in the Oxford English Dictionary on June 15, 2006. As a transitive verb—“to google someone”—was first used on American TV in the show Buffy the Vampire Slayer (October 15, 2002)
Willow: Have you googled her yet?
Xander: Willow! She's 17!
Willow: It's a search engine.
But What About ‘googleable’ (or ‘googlable’)?
In 2008 Macmillan Dictionary dedicated a page to this new buzz word
googleable also googlable
- producing a number of search results if entered into the Google® Internet search engine
and included this citation from 2007:
Are you Googleable? … If the world's favourite search engine can't find you, neither can your clients.'
Dictionary.com doesn't recognize googleable and inquires helpfully
Did you mean coagulable?
Oxford Dictionaries has the following entry
googleable (also googlable)
- I'm a kid and don't want everything to be permanently googleable.
There is also a third spelling variant; by googling googable, Google produced a respectable 10,400 hits.
Q. 1 How do I break up googleable, or googlable into syllables?
Googable has just three syllables, and I would break it up as a) goo•ga•ble
Googleable is trickier, is it four or three syllables: a) goo•gle•a•ble or b) goo•glea•ble?
Googlable likewise, is it: a) goo•gl•a•ble or b) goo•gla•ble?
Q. 2 Why is the spelling googable less preferred? If we drop the second syllable from goo(g)•le, and add the suffix -able, the resulting word is easier to pronounce, and just as comprehensible IMO.