Monday, January 07, 2008

New (to me) Word: Googlegänger

Googlegänger: Person with your name who shows up when you google yourself.

This was one of the nominees (PDF) for the American Dialect Society's 2007 Word of the Year. I like it! (Probably because I have a huge problem in this regard, with only an unsatisfactory workaround.)

The winner, btw, was subprime. Snooze.

(h/t: Mike Nizza)


Sornie said...

Yes, I have 2 Googlegangers who share my name and have hundreds more web mentions than myself.I like that because it leaves my skeletons buried many, many pages deep in google searches...

bjkeefe said...


That's one way to look at it. More paranoid types, like me, would fret about being accused of the wrongdoings of a namesake.

Okay, that's not really one of my biggest worries. Right now, I'm far more upset that people might thing I'm a (*shudder*) TV REPORTER.