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This 1903 book is (at least in February 2013) the first publication of the word Google in the English language. I write about it on my website Dysology.org.
The author is relating his vague and rambling thoughts on philosophy , Christianity and literature. It appears to have been constructed form scraps of ideas and reflections that have been written down on bits of paper stuffed into the authors pockets for a number of years.
Why does he call himself a google? Here is the answer from Chapter 1
(Hildebrand 1903, p. 7):
“You will probably wonder why I style myself a “google.” Well, you know I had the effrontery to style myself a “hobo” in the “Conglomerate de Omniferia” That was a serious offense-one that it would hardly be safe to repeat. No, there is no class in creation with whom I may safely identify myself. But I need some convenient term whereby to refer to myself, and what more appropriate term could I get than “google”? That’s why I call myself a “google.”
OK, so we now know that the word google is at least 110 years old in 2013.
Mike Sutton (dysologist)