By Jaded Roberts
Special from The Garlic Times
Elizabeth Chase took on an internet giant and won.
Responding to a letter Chase sent them, Google, the popular search engine and technology company, has agreed to add "Definition" to its list of search categories.
“Every time I searched for the definition of a word,” Chase said, “all Google gave me was links to companies or products.”
Chase, a librarian at the Library of Congress, admitted all she had to do was to include the word define in the search. She felt, however, the problem was deeper than that.
“It’s a matter of principle,” Chase said. “When commercial interests highjack our language, well, something’s wrong.”
Chase also saw another problem with Google's practice.
“It’s free advertising for these companies.”
Asked what word broke the camel’s back, Chase replied, "paragon."
“I finally found it on the fourth page…”