Hello again ATS!
A little while ago I was sitting here, scouring the Associated Press raw feed for news on a story that I am sure all of ATS is keenly aware of ( I'll
give you a clue – it contains the words “North” and “Korea” ) - when I came across a story that literally left my jaw agape and my
For all that we've seen from TPTB, this takes the cake. They want our money, guns, rights, freedoms, security, sanity.... But now they've come for
That's right. Forget that they spend a great deal of money ( advertising ) teaching us what they want us to say... now they are using their money and
muscle to tell us what we cannot say! I'm not talking about slander, or sedition, or virtriol. I'm talking about a simple word...
You see, in Sweden a colloquialism evolved. A term to say “Something that you cannot find via an Internet search engine”. That word is
, or, in English, ungoogleable
. It is a very common sense phrase IMO... Dad how can I tell if Suzy likes me or not?... Well
son, that is definitely ungoogleable. Let me explain it....
Sweden has a pretty cool thing, I have learned this morning, called The Swedish Language
– the best way I can describe it is to defer to the Wiki:
The Swedish Language Council (Swedish: Språkrådet) is the primary regulatory body for the advancement and cultivation of the Swedish language.
The council is partially funded by the Swedish government and has semi-official status. The council asserts control over the language through the
publication of various books with recommendations in spelling and grammar as well as books on linguistics intended for a general audience, the sales
of which are used to fund its operation. The council also works with the five official minority languages in Sweden: Finnish, Meänkieli, Yiddish,
Romani and Sami alongside the Swedish Sign Language.
The Swedish Language Council comprises other organizations with an interest in the Swedish language, like the Swedish Academy and the Swedish
Broadcasting Corporation. A number of organizations representing journalists, teachers, writers, actors and translators are also included.
The council has been publishing the quarterly journal Språkvård (lit. "Language care") since 1965, which publishes articles about the use and
development of the Swedish language, readers' answers about spelling and grammar as well as providing guidelines for the use of Swedish in various
contexts. It currently has over 6,500 subscribers.
To me this is an awesome idea! A entity that is dedicated to allowing a language to organically evolve and to keep track of that evolution so that
writers and students don't get bogged down in archaic rules and styles that can cause communications difficulties later on. It makes perfect sense to
But, apparently, not to the Google...
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Sweden's language watchdog has accused Google of trying to control the Swedish language in a dispute over the definition of the
colloquial term "ungoogleable."
The Swedish version of the word - "ogooglebar" - made the Language Council of Sweden's 2012 list of words that aren't in the Swedish dictionary but
have entered common parlance. The council defined it as something "that cannot be found on the Web with a search engine."
But Google objected, asking for changes showing the expression specifically refers to Google searches and a disclaimer saying Google is a registered
trademark, the council said Tuesday.
The council angrily caved in and removed the word from their list. Sad.
To me this isn't just a stupid business move ( There is no such thing as bad publicity – Coke and Band Aid seem pretty happy that they've become
generic terms for their products... ) but it is beyond reprehensible and an absolutely vulgar display of greed and irrational control for Google to
take this stance.
Thou shalt not take the Googles name in vain
If this is not proof that Governments are no longer controlling the world, but that Corporations are – I don't know what is. I am accustomed to
businesses telling me what they want me to say ( advertising ) but for them to tell me what I cannot say???
Once upon a time it was the Church that held the power to control what words came out of the lips of men and women. Now, apparently, it's Google.
What say you ATS? Am I overreacting or is this what I see it as – something that would make even Orwell flinch in his grave? Is this as outrageous
to you as it is to me?
Imagine a brave new world where one might find themselves in a prison camp – there only crime? Saying that something was ungoogleable.
Oh, Google – this thread is not
ogooglebar – so I hope somebody with a brain, from your organization, reads it and sees the writing on the
wall. You think yourselves invincible and indispensable.. but so did AOL, Compuserve, Netscape, Myspace, and countless others. I would strongly
suggest reevaluating your approach to the masses – because the cyber community doesn't like these types of shenanigans. Not one bit.
edit on 4/3/13 by Hefficide because: Clarity