It’s been widely reported that Google doesn’t want people to use the verb to google.

Germans sometimes write guggeln. More often they write googlen (ich habe gegooglet), although I prefer googeln (Ich habe gegoogelt).

What would Google say about those other variants: I frequently use ergoogeln, but could also conceive vergoogeln, angoogeln (wir wollen es mal angoogeln), missgoogeln, ausgoogeln (er hat ausgegoogelt: he is dead), aufgoogeln, übergoogeln, fortgoogeln, hinaufgoogeln, heruntergoogeln, and so on.

I think these variants will become as much a part of my language as plastinieren (I do realize I should not use it for einschweißen, but it seems more fun).

On googeln, see German Wikipedia.


|ergoogeln|to find by googling|
|vergoogeln|to spend time googling – Ich habe jetzt 2 Stunden vergoogelt|
|umgoogeln|durch einen ergoogelten Begriff ersetzen oder umschiffen – Ich habe das größte Übersetzungsproblem umgegoogelt|
|hinaufgoogeln|das PageRank von Google durch viel Suchen (künstlich) verbessern|
|angoogeln|probeweise ein bisschen googeln, um später eventuell gründlicher zu googeln|
|ausgoogeln|to die|
|übergoogeln|ein Ghit beim Googeln zu übersehen|
|hinweggoogeln|über etwas hinweggoogeln: ähnlich übergoogeln, aber eher absichtlich|
|fortgoogeln|mit dem Googeln nicht aufhören, z.B. um an den Esstisch zu gehen|
|vorgoogeln|einem Unerfahrenen zeigen, wie man googelt|
|herbeigoogeln|eine Antwort durch Googeln finden|
|missgoogeln, properly danebengoogeln|to google for the wrong term|
|durchgoogeln|verschiedene Zusammensetzungen von einem Wort in Google ausprobieren|

Journal of Specialised Translation / Fachübersetzungszeitschrift

I discovered the Journal of Specialised Translation or JoSTrans while I was looking for something else.

What I found first were streamed audio interviews with translators.

Why have I not seen or heard of this before?

It appears twice a year, in January and July. It started in January 2004, so there are six issues online now.

I noticed the following in the second issue:
Interpreting Legal Language at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia: overcoming the lack of lexical equivalents
Ludmila Stern, University of New South Wales
and in the third issue:
The lure of legal language: an interview with Roberto Mayoral

‘In case’ in British and American English

There is a difference in meaning of ‘in case…+ verb’ in common U.S. and British usage. A non-native speaker could make a confusing mistake here.

I quote the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English (1995 ed.), the best learners’ dictionary I know:

bq. (just) in case especially spoken a) as a way of being safe from something that might happen or might be true: Take an umbrella, in case in rains / I’m sure Harry will remember, but why not give him a ring just in case?b) AmE if: In case I’m late, start without me

If a non-native speaker said to me, ‘I will take an umbrella in case it is raining’, I would wonder what was meant: ‘I will take an umbrella in case it rains’ or ‘I will take an umbrella if it is raining’.

Geoffrey Pullum has an entry on just in case in Language Log. What he says is slightly different from what I say. He confirms the meaning, but he says most U.S. speakers use the British meaning (his alterations to his entry are in a different colour, which is useful). He says the usage meaning ‘if’ comes from those Americans trained in the formal sciences and philosophy.

This may well be true. Maybe the few Americans I’ve discussed it with have all had some science or philosophy education. And since I don’t hear Americans all that often – although I have been reading them almost daily on the Internet for over twelve years – I might conclude that a usage I find odd is standard. It’s very easy to generalize about the unfamiliar.

Legal TV UK online / Englisches Online Juristenfernsehen is a TV channel which has apparently been online (and on Sky) since February. It calls itself ‘The law firm in your living room’.

Via RollOnFriday:

bq. A spokeswoman told us that the channel launched back in February, although no one noticed, and it is targeting students, qualified lawyers and, err, really just the public generally. Rather alarmingly, it aims to be a “law firm in your living room” and viewers will be able to enjoy such varied programmes as “Cook with Counsel – bringing the courtroom to your kitchen” and “M.D.A. – where lawyers operate on doctors”.

Curious insect names/Etymologie von Insektennamen

The page Curiosities of biological nomenclature has some odd examples:

bq. Piseinotecus divae Er. Marcus, 1955 (gastropod) “Piseinotecus” means “I stepped on Teco.” Teco was a dog belonging to a diva (or to Prof. Diva Corrêa). One of the Marcuses (Evelyne or Ernst) stepped on the dog on the way to the kitchen in the middle of the night.

bq. Bufonaria borisbeckeri Parth, 1996 (bursid sea snail) Etymology: “Ich widme die neue Art Boris Becker, dem meines Erachtens größten deutschen Einzelsportler aller Zeiten.” [Spixiana 19(1): 129]

bq. Strigiphilus garylarsoni Clayton, ~1989 (owl louse) “I considered this an extreme honor. Besides, I knew no one was going to write and ask to name a new species of swan after me. You have to grab these opportunities when they come along.” – Gary Larson

But when I read this Independent headline, I thought people had been crushing Volkswagen cars: Fans ‘exterminate’ Hitler beetle


bq. Some biologists have suggested that Sheibel’s naming of a blind beetle after the Führer was, in fact, an attempt to ridicule him. Such antics aren’t unimaginable. Last year, three newly-discovered types of slime mold beetle were named after members of the current US administration: A bushi, A cheneyi and A rumsfeldi. All done with the greatest of respect, of course, claim the scientists at Cornell University, who named them.

Yes, but have people been rushing to collect these three?

More information at Wikipedia (English)

Artikel auf Deutsch

Add content to your home page/Google gibt meinen geschützten Inhalt weiter

SPÄTER HINZUGEFÜGT: Anscheinend geht es bei Google nur um private Startseiten, die man auf dem eigenen Rechner hat.

LATER NOTE: Apparently Google provides feeds only for private pages on a person’s own computer, start pages in the browser (see comments). I still need to look into it, though.

Schon vorgestern fand ich mein Weblog, ohne Ads, auf einer IT-Website in Nordirland. Heute finde ich dies.

Is Google offering my copyrighted contents further?

People can quote an entry of mine or a photo if they acknowledge my name. The usual way is to link. I don’t want people to take a whole entry or put a picture on their site normally. But to take the whole RSS feed? Without asking or reading the copyright notice?

Bladder disease has returned/Übersetzung ins Walisische verpasst Ziel

Walisische Radfahrer, die vom Rad vor einer Baustelle absteigen sollen, werden stattdessen informiert, dass eine Blasenkrankheit zurückgekehrt ist (

The temporary sign, placed in front of the roadworks at Barons Court roundabout between Penarth and Cardiff, correctly says ‘cyclists dismount’ in English, but says ‘llid y bledren dymchwelyd’ in Welsh.
Owain Sgiv, an officer for the Welsh language campaign group Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg, explained: ‘Roughly translated, llid y bledren dymchwelyd means bladder disease has returned.

Apparently road signs are often mistranslated, because people use online translators. Does that mean there is an online Welsh translation program somewhere?

Cyclists dismount is an awkward sentence to translate as there is no Welsh word for dismount,’ he added.

‘But the correct translation would be something like dim beicio, which means literally no cycling, or man disgyn i feicwyr, which means fall-off area for cyclists.

There are a lot of bolshie cyclists in Germany who would love a language with no word for ‘dismount’. I wonder what Morfablog would make of this – I wish I could understand what they are saying.

A bit of googling (wash my mouth out with soap and water) shows that there is a flickr pool of pictures of bad translations into Welsh, according to a Live Journal diary:

So there’s a flickr pool called Scymraeg, for bad translations into Welsh. And most of what’s in there are roadsigns. BBC News today has a story about one such sign today, which tells English speakers to look right and Welsh speakers to look left.

Sounds like a plan to exterminate the Welsh. Unfortunately most of the pictures aren’t explained in English, but I suppose that’s understandable.

(Thanks to Joe)