A Place Called Nope: Gene Weingarten on Googlenopes and Googleyups
Sunday, May 30, 2010
It's been three years since this column last visited the "Googlenope," a term I coined to describe a phrase that returns no hits when Googled between quotation marks.
Alas, Googlenopes are getting harder to find; the explosion of the Web, with its indiscriminate tastes, is herding the noble Googlenope toward extinction. Hopeful, enthusiastic searches increasingly deliver crushing disappointment. I just now tried "Rumpelstiltskin's underpants," and got one hit. It's actually become a Googleyup.
You can define a society by the breadth of its Googlenopes, for they represent no less than the frontier of human thought -- the places in the mind we have not yet dared to go.
So, I feel it my duty to soldier on in the search, a Job-like task because even in success, there is failure: Every time a new Googlenope is created and published, it dies as a Googlenope. In this manner, inexorably, phrase by phrase, we shall create a nightmare world where absolutely nothing has been left unsaid.
Googleyup: "Obama is a vicious KleptoMarxist."
Googleyup: "Obama is the savior of the world."
Googleyup: "Obama is a pantywearing jackass."
Googleyup: "Obama is an evil human-race-enslaving robot."
Googleyup: "Obama is goodness personified."
Googleyup: "Obama is literally Hitler."
Googlenope: "I'm not sure what I think about Obama."