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Inside Mind of Google

Quiz: Test Your Google IQ

Question 1 of 10

The name "Google" is derived from the word "googol," which means what?

  1. A German variation on nine-pin bowling
  2. A mathematical term for a 1 followed by 100 zeros
  3. A Ukrainian-born novelist and humorist
  4. An ice dwelling where Eskimos live
Correct!

"Googol" is a number represented by a 1 followed by one hundred zeros, or 10 to the 100th power. The intentionally misspelled name was intended to convey the wealth of information that the search engine is able to access. However, it's taken on a life of its own as a verb, and in 2006 it made its debut in the Oxford English Dictionary, where it's defined as "to use the Google search engine to obtain information on the Internet."

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