Plutopians explore the use and misuse of language. Jon, Scoop, and Suzy take a deep dive into political language, the voices of Christian nationalism, the January 6 hearings and Liz Cheney, Donald Trump’s language, and much more.
“Language is a virus from outer space.” – William S. Burroughs
In which Jon discovers that you can’t google googl, because it’s not really a word. The word he was looking for is googol, aka 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000:
Suzy: Google is now a verb and a noun, Webster has added it, and I guess other dictionaries have.
Jon: Google is actually a word for something, but not with the “e” at the end. Damn, I can’t even – it’s hard for me to look that up. What is a googl?
Suzy: Or tweet – you know, these kinds of things that we’ve come up with…
Jon: You can no longer look googl up – you can’t google googl, because it gives you google instead of googl.
Suzy: Can you say “What is a googl?”
Jon: Oh, there we go, let’s try that…
Scoop: If you google googl on Google, it creates a time warp or paradox. You just can’t do that.
Suzy: That’s creepy.
Scoop: In some areas, Google is an expletive, so… (muffled)
Suzy: Oh, careful, careful.
Jon: I thought that it was googl, but it’s GOOGOL. Not to be confused with Nikolai Gogol.
Suzy: Yeah, don’t do that!
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