I just went to search Google, and mis-typed the URL as “”. It still went to Google — because as it turns out, the company has registered that domain and pointed it to their main page, just in case all us idiots out here in the aether can’t spell. (Check it out for yourself: Click the link in that last sentence, see where you wind up, then look up in the “address” bar of your browser to see what the precise spelling of the URL is.)

I poked around for a while on some WHOIS databases and discovered that Google has also registered several other misspellings, such as “” and “”.

Interestingly, they weren’t able to get the phonetic misspelling — “” — which, I suspect, is typed in pretty damn frequently by the barely-literate and utterly-innumerate products of the US’s fine, fine public high-school systems. It looks like some domain-name camper called “” has snapped up, and is probably asking $100 million for it. Don’t hold your breath, suckers.

Can anyone out there find any other misspellings of Google that Google itself has registered?

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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