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  • googleganger -- another person of the same name, whose records are intermixed with your own when you "google" yourself. I love this word! One could argue for an umlaut over the a, to make the parallel with doppelganger more complete, but either way, this coinage is genius!

    February 19, 2007

  • This word definitely has its uses.

    February 19, 2007

  • I have two primary googlegangers. One is a professor of Chinese at the University of Virginia, the other is a minister somewhere near Hobart, in Australia.

    February 19, 2007

  • For someone I live with, one of his two googlegangers is a gay travel writer, and one is a Grammy-award-winning sound engineer.

    February 19, 2007

  • I have an unusual first name but a very common last name. I'm always surprised how many googlegangers I have, and slightly disappointed. I grew up thinking I had a terribly unique name. But there's still only one me.

    And I'm not aware of anyone else who goes by the name "uselessness" online, which I think is just fun. I mean, how many ordinary words are such a chore to say, and contain no fewer than 5 S's? And describe me so well, at that? :-D

    February 19, 2007

  • Gee, I feel sorta left out. Of googlegangers, I have none.

    Then again, anyone lucky enough to spell my name correctly would definitely get a Googlestar.

    February 19, 2007

  • One of my googlegangers is in business with his brother, and together they were reckoned to be worth £89 million in 2005.

    November 2, 2007

  • Good enough reason to become your googleganger, I'd say.

    November 2, 2007

  • It's suchh a good word that the American Dialect Society have voted it the Most creative word of the year for 2007.

    January 7, 2008

  • Sigh, my googleganger was a famous Italian photographer (soccer and Pope, very very Italian) who died in 2005.

    Soccer and the Pope are 90% of the results for my name.

    I hate soccer, and I'm atheist.

    April 4, 2008

  • I hate neologisms that are Trojan horses for proprietary brand names.

    April 4, 2008

  • Yeah, that's why I prefer the term searchwikiaganger.

    April 4, 2008

  • Nobody is listing searchwikiaganger. Why don't you?


    April 4, 2008

  • My googleganger is a Canadian TV personality. She is also my searchwikiaganger.

    April 4, 2008

  • I don't have a list for most of my wordworks, so they happen to be orphans (see e.g. sproutade).

    April 4, 2008

  • My googleganger is googlegangerh.

    April 8, 2008

  • googlehangeroner?? the galloping frugalgoogler?? a wiki(w)rid(t)er who stays in step or an orthodoxorthopedic

    April 10, 2008

  • Properly speaking, shouldn't the word be doppelgoogle? "Google double" makes a lot more sense than "Google walker"

    From the German:

    doppel = double

    ganger = walker/wanderer

    April 12, 2008

  • Peck_Jon, you are brilliant, and correct. This term is hereby removed from the common usage. Unless of course, Google does a Yellow Pages spoof.

    April 14, 2008

  • Although it be all wrong, I do like the alliterative potential of googleganger when translated "google goer".

    April 14, 2008

  • I'm also reminded that there are other similar constructions in English, where the portion of the original word chosen for creation of a new word is the "wrong" bit for the intended meaning. Why can I not think of any examples? If I could I would be able to make a list.

    April 14, 2008

  • And I will be happy to add words to that list!

    The only example I remember right now is not exactly what you mean, but it's close enough: schoolbus, minibus etc. derive from omnibus, "for all" in Latin.

    April 14, 2008

  • Brain itch alert! I've seen such words too, frindley, but none are surfacing.

    April 14, 2008

  • I'd include things like soyacino in this, because -cino is just a derivation from the diminuitive suffix -ino. It doesn't specifically have anything to do with coffee, it's just there due to to mental association with cappuccino.

    April 14, 2008

  • Prolagus, are you thinking of aphesis?

    April 14, 2008

  • Good link monsieur reesetee!

    April 14, 2008

  • Thank you, Don Prolagus.

    April 14, 2008

  • "Why do so many feel a connection — be it kinship or competition — with utter strangers just because they share a name?

    "Social science, it turns out, has an answer. It is because human beings are unconsciously drawn to people and things that remind us of ourselves.

    "A psychological theory called the name-letter effect maintains that people like the letters in their own names (particularly their initials) better than other letters of the alphabet." -- Stephanie Rosenbloom, "Names That Match Forge a Bond on the Internet," NYT Online, 4/10/08

    April 15, 2008

  • Here is another example of a cranberry morpheme, frindley:


    (But it's not the kind of word you're looking for, is it?)

    April 17, 2008

  • FWIW, I don't think that 'gaydar' is a cranberry morpheme; if anything, it would be the 'dar' part.

    I seem to recall reading an article recently which suggested that 'dango' was an up-and-coming cranberry morpheme.

    April 17, 2008

  • Uh, ok! I didn't read the definition well enough, sorry.

    Then, what's the name of such words?

    April 17, 2008

  • I saw another good spin on this one on Twitter today - someone with your name with whom you battle for pagerank supremacy.

    July 20, 2008

  • If you guys doesn’t have any idea what Googleganger means, watch this short video from google lab:

    November 18, 2008

  • The definition is "The individual who appears when one is searching for his/herself on Google."

    March 12, 2017