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What did Marge Simpson mean when she said while googling her name

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629,000 results. Wow. And all this time I thought that ‘googling’ yourself meant the other thing.
(S18 E17, April 22, 2007)

Source: WikiSimpsons

  • (And it's actually 84 million results.) – Hot Licks Aug 7 at 2:08
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    @HotLicks the quote is dated 2007, so it's very probable that the stat was accurate at that time. – Mari-Lou A Aug 7 at 8:35
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Today it's common practice to google someone's name in order to do a little background check, or to discover why a certain person is a celebrity or in the news.

In 2007, the expression “Googling" was still in its infancy, and although Marge Simpson's character is often portrayed as a naive warm-hearted housewife and devoted mother, she probably guessed, incorrectly, that “googling yourself” was slang for fondling or pleasuring oneself.

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Image taken from Gawker.com

The first recorded usage of google used as a gerund, thus supposing an intransitive verb, was on July 8, 1998, by Google co-founder Larry Page himself, who wrote on a mailing list: "Have fun and keep googling!". Its earliest known use (as a transitive verb) on American television was in the "Help" episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (October 15, 2002), when Willow asked Buffy, "Have you googled her yet?"

Wikipedia

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Who knows what was really intended? You are, after all, free to imagine whatever you like. It might have been goosing (pinching someone's bottom). If that sounds a bit tame, it is a children's programme, and Marge is a bit of a prude.

goose verb [ T ]

informal to press or take hold of someone's bottom

Cambridge Dictionary

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