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A.Word.A.Day--googol

googol (GOO-gol) noun

The figure 1 followed by 100 zeroes equal to 10100.

[Coined by Milton Sirotta, nephew of Edward Kasner, American mathematician.]

"What's bigger than a billion? Way, way bigger than a trillion? A googol!"
Where Homework and The Internet Meet; Los Angeles Times; Jun 30, 1997.

Often I get mail from people asking, "My daughter/son coined this word last week. How can we get it into the dictionary?" The way to make it into the dictionary is to use the word often in books, magazines and other media, and encourage other people to use it. Promote its usage -- writing to dictionary publishers won't help. Although, sometimes all you have to do is be the nephew of the right person. During this week we look at more coined words that have entered the dictionary.
-Anu Garg

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