Was it not also that someone misspelled googol as google? They then decided
to use Google as their company name as it wasn't previously trade-marked.
2009/6/29 Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com>
> Quoting Gerard Cunningham (lists at faduda.net):
>> > For the record, google was a word before the search engine came along.
> > I remember learning it one Christmas when I was about eight, courtesy of
> > the Guinness Book of Records.
>> You're probably thinking of the invented word "googol", 10^100, named in
> 1938 by mathematician Edward Kasner's 9-year-old nephew Milton Sirotta
> -- just for the fun of creating a staggeringly large number. Then, upon
> reflection, Milton figured that 10^googol deserved a name, too, and so
> dubbed it a "googolplex".
>> The connection to the search engine firm is that, back when it was an
> experimental site at Stanford University, the search engine (initally
> dubbed BackRub", was hosted on googol.stanford.edu.
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