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Judy



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 2:43 am    Post subject: Wordsmiths - new word needed! Reply with quote

I posted this in the Recipe Box, but it belongs here....

Gingerpale, I know I'm going off at a slight tangent here, but you mentioned that you look stuff up. We look stuff up too, and we want to think of a word to describe the 'urge to find out trivia by looking it up on the internet'.

Prior to the internet, we might have wanted to find out some obscure fact, but it took too much effort. Now we can 'Google', look on Wikipedia or use many other internet souces to find this stuff out. So what's a word to describe that?

It's not even the process of looking the stuff up, it's the feeling of 'I must look that up on the 'Net'.

Anybody?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 12:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Googlemania? Google has become a verb, as in I googled it. And perhaps the opposite for those with information overload would be googlephopia? Googlephobic? Just making this up but would love to see other wordmaniacs go to town.
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Judy



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bulkarn, thanks, but I'm hoping for something more generic than 'google...something'.

It's more about using the internet as a whole, even though for a lot of 'netphiles' (did you like that one?), Google is the place to start.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 1:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

interquest?
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Griffin



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 1:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Raven, that's a good one... tho' I keep seeing Tim Allen in my head for some reason!!

I suppose if not interquest, then Net-seeking or Netquesting maybe.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 2:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's like wanderlust, right? But applied to research & internet research junkies. Forschelust doesn't roll off the tongue...
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 2:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ooooh! I agree that interquest is a good one! So, BTW, is the question! Anyway, I like interquest much better than netacuriobitious which is the best I could do... Embarassed
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 2:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Netmanic or netmaniac?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This morning I read the headline "Alton Brown Wins Prestigious Peabody Award". Unsure of what the Peabody award is, I immediately googled to find out. I think that's an example of the situation we're trying to cover.
I think what Judy is looking for is a term to describe

the urge to look something up on the Internet. The thought/feeling "I must look that up."
The *itch itself*, not the scratching of the itch. The info you seek is almost certainly there, tons of it, and you can get to it in a second--and you want to. "Cyber-itch" is too ugly. Fact-hunger, but more clever, and specific to the 'Net.

By the way, the Peabody Award is given for excellence in TV or radio
broadcasting--A. Brown won for his show "Good Eats".
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good for AB! Personally, I think he should get a McArthur as well. Like him or not, he's an extraordinary person with very unique perspectives.
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Judy



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2007 2:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks gingerpale, you got it.

It's the urge, not the process.

I do like 'interquest', though. I'll try to use it in a sentence sometime soon.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2007 3:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I suppose you could call it a search urge, "I'm feeling searchy."
"I've got a search urge, I need to make a netquest soon."
"This makes me neticklish, I'll do an interquest."
"I have such a netlonging for a netlook!" Ha ha--all pretty lame, I know. It's ironic that this is one thing we can't look up on the Internet!

Maybe it will just remain an un-named yearning, experienced by many who are caught in the world wide web. ha ha again.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2007 1:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well in that case, how about Netitch?
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2007 1:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Griffin, my vote is for you! I withdraw interquest in favor of Netitch and promise to use your word from this day forward!
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2007 7:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love "I'm feeling searchy."

I'm not completely sure anyone would understand it intuitively but it opens such an interesting quandary as to what it is. I bet one would instantly be filled with an obsession to see what the internet has to say about it. No?
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