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The Age in Australia reports that the Google trademark is at risk now that “google” has been added to the latest Miriam-Webster Dictionary (without the capital G). It’s defined as a transitive verb: “to use the Google search engine to obtain information about (as a person) on the World Wide Web.”
That puts Google in the company of Jello, Frigidaire, Rollerblade, Xerox and Kleenex, who’ve all seen their trademarks slip into common usage.