Is Verbing the Sincerest form of Flattery?

First Google said it’s not OK to “Google” someone or something on the Web. Now Microsoft in the Netherlands says it’s not OK to use the verb “MSN-ing” as a synonym for sending messages through instant messenger. I’m not sure how to say IM in Dutch, but “MSN-ing” doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue.

To add insult to injury to Microsoft, while pursuing legal action in the Netherlands the company was shown a list of existing domain names related to “msn” such as,,, and 62 others. When Microsoft executives said they were unfamiliar with the list, a judge reportedly told them to “Google” more.

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