@Ravenhelm 😂😂😂😂 I can imagine that would be mid-heard, especially with my accent!

@david @kev That's what I usually say. Took some time to get Google out of my vernacular though.

I find the verb "search" to be quite adequate.

@kev "Search" is what I tend to use, or "ask the internet" :p It's kind of funny when people are "googling something on youtube" :p

@sotolf @kev "ask the internet" definitely seems like a nice alternative

@ralismark @sotolf @kev Out of all the options listed here, I like this one best. “Ask the internet”. Maybe “Ask the web” even.

@kev Search it. At least that's what we say in Spanish, it sounds good to me in English too.

I heard that some say searx is pronounced as "search". So I guess its better to say "search it" or "look online" or something like that, and let the person choose their search engine. Maybe they'll use duckduckgo, or searx or yacy or startpage or qwant.
Or they'll just use google 😑
@danslerush @kev

@kev Since I would use "look up" for searching for entries in dictionaries, lexica or encyclopaedias, I suggest using it for searching with :duckduckgo: as well, although I can't say that I have fully taken to it...

@kev look it up, search it? No need to bring brands into it I think

@kev whatever it is, it should definitely be an advertisement for the service you think they should be using instead of Google. The consensus on this thread seems to be Duck Duck Go. 🦆🦆🚦

@kev I think "look it up" is a much better phrase to use. If you're talking to someone very very non-technical you can say "look it up online" to be clear.

Most people will know what you're talking about (because we've been looking things up in books forever), and it's not a branded term either.


"Search it"
"Do a search"
"Look it up"
"Open your favourite search engine and search for it"
"Just duck it bro"

Depending on the situation and whom I am talking to, I use all the above.

@kev send them a "let me duckduckgo that for you" link

@kev "look that up"; "do a search for that"; "check on the internet"; "have a look on the ole WWW"; "let's Duck* that"
* Being a reference to my fave search engine currently
"Goo___" has been almost a cuss word in our house for a while now. Even my wife knows the the tech giants are evil when her Fapple phone's Foogle maps app tells her , "28 miles till you're home" and she did not ask it to tell her anything!

@kev "Look it up", "Search for it", "Find it online", "Use a search engine"

I once said that I used a search engine and someone asked "Why don't you just say that you googled it?" And I had to explain that there exist engines other than Google.

@kev Google once prevented the entry "to google" in a Swedish dictionary to mean "to search the internet". From fear to lose trademark protection for a generic term. (like to hoover)

@kev I remember when I was growing up the term was always "Look it up".

@kev go to your local library and read some books, perhaps?

Search the web/internet?

I still remember the strange looks when I used the term some 15 years ago when it was new.

Now, in the post-google era we have difficulties to remember what we said before. Maybe we should google it? 😂

@kev the correct answer is "doogle it", and then when they are confused as to whether you just misspoke, you can branch off into a rant about the problems about centralization of the internet and discuss how while duck-duck-go is a better alternative to google, it is not a complete solution as it is still a proprietary centralised single-point-of-failure service, and that the only sustainable way forward is to gradually move to more decentralised search engines like yacy.

@kev "search it online" doesn't sound so catchy :ablobgrimace:

@kev What’s interesting about this is Google actually have grounds to lose the trademark on their name become it’s become part of the vernacular

See en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Generic_

@kev Search.
I've found myself saying "Just Google it" recently, I was ashamed of myself & have made a point of using "Search".

@kev I think "Google it" is a good name. It turns "Google" from a brand to a generic phrase. Which denies the company a lot of rights. Companies often spend a lot of effort to *avoid* their brands becoming generic names, for that reason.

If "to google it" becomes the phrase meaning "to search online", even if not applied to a google product; then their brand and trademarks loose value. Which is a positive outcome IMO.

@kev I say "search the web" or "STFW" if feeling less polite.


I've used:

* Internet search
* web search
* your favourite search engine
* search for _________

@klaatu @kev I do use "google it" all the time, on purpose. At least under US law, if enough people use the word "google" to mean "a search on the internet using any search engine" and if Google is unable to stop that from happening, then Google will lose their trademark.

I sometimes say "google it on duckduckgo".

@kev what about "search the web"? Or as another user suggested, "duck it"? :)))))))

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