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Google Destroys A Family Myth!

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Yesterday I was mildly sick yesterday. I felt like a had a bit of morning sickness, but that’s no longer even remotely possible. But doesn’t that term make how I felt understandable to at least most of you reading that?

My mom used to call this sort of illness the kollywobbles. Now according to my family’s myth, that term was made up and handed down.

This morning I did something I hadn’t before, and that’s run the word as I grew up spelling it into Google.

Immediately (well in .36 seconds) The Google responds asking if I didn’t mean ย collywobbles.

Well, maybe I did. And sure enough the definition is something about a mild intestinal upset. Darn. All these years and I though my mom, or at least her mom had made it up. I passed that yarn on to my kids and I’ve heard my grandkids repeat it. And we’ve been spelling it wrong, maybe.


It turns out there are tons of entries under my spelling, but many of them appear to be quotes from all sorts of sources, perhaps from folks who are as confused about spelling as I am. I couldn’t dig up a definition with that spelling, but in truth I didn’t spend much time at it.

I’ve got to admit I’m a bit disappointed. I’m also curious and can see that I’ll be looking up other terms and thoughts I thought were family stuff. Google is truly an amazing resource.

What surprises has Google handed you?

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  • Aparajita

    @Elizabeth- I did something of this kind two years back. The author was Amitav Ghosh, and his publisher in India is Penguin India. I interviewed him for the newspaper I was writing for at that time, and the General Manager for Marketing & Corporate Communications with Penguin asked that I put it up on my blog too.
    In my post and in the article in the paper, I put a short bio of the author just before the excerpts from the interview- I understand that is the norm here. Mr Ghosh didn’t write a bio himself because we did a tete-a-tete; I did, and it was easy because I’m a big fan.
    In your case, the author has given you a short bio. In my opinion, you should put it before the excerpts from the interview. Also, don’t write the exactly same thing. Take the major points he has written, maybe a few phrases too, and then write the bio, making sure that at least 60-70% of it is in your own words. But this is strictly in my opinion, so do consult others before taking a definite step.

    @Anne- I hope you’re feeling much better now. My mom never really learned her mother tongue because she grew up in a different state (with a different native language), and to this day, when she speaks her mother tongue, she keeps inventing words that have no meaning. And those are REALLY her inventions- they are not in any dictionary, nor do other people understand what she means when she says them. The only two people who do understand her are my brother and I. ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Anne

      Hey, if she’s communicating with her two sons, that’s a great start.

  • Off-topic, I know, but I have a question maybe you all can help me with. I did an interview with someone re a book they have coming out in Sept. for my blog and they emailed me their answers to my questions, and at the bottom put a bio. Do I put the bio in too? Do I put it at the end like he did and write a short intro of my own at the top? This is a very influential person and I don’t want to screw it up.

    Help!
    Elizabeth West recently posted..Shut Your Mouth- What Writers Should NOT SayMy Profile

    • Anne

      Yes, it never hurts to promote others… I’ll do a full Q&A on this tomorrow or the next day.

  • LOL Cathy!

    I can’t really tell you all because I was Googling something unpleasant for a prison riot scene and I don’t want to make you sick. Google put up something similar that was even more disgusting and I didn’t know even existed. I really REALLY wish I hadn’t clicked on it! ๐Ÿ˜›
    Elizabeth West recently posted..Shut Your Mouth- What Writers Should NOT SayMy Profile

  • Anne-sorry to hear you had a case of the kollywobbles. (it’s your family tradition so you can spell it however you like!)

    The only thing that comes to mind is when I Google something and accidentally leave a letter out that creates a whole new meaning – and for some reason, it’s usually not very nice. LOL!! The results cannot be repeated here. Now, that’s an unpleasant Google surprise – although I can’t blame Google for my typos! L-)
    Cathy Miller recently posted..LeBron โ€“ Loyal Subject or Business PersonMy Profile

    • Anne

      lol, thanks Cathy… I use google as a way to find out how to spell things. I’m such a creative speller ๐Ÿ˜‰

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