how to say “to google” in Hebrew

לְגַגֵּל

Just as Google became not only a household term but also a verb in English, it has in Hebrew as well.

Thus instead of לחפש באינטרנט – to search on the internet, Israelis today say simply לגגל – to google.

For example:

כבר לא צריך לחפש בספרייה – אפשר לגגל.

(We) don’t need to search in the library anymore – we can google.

לגגל takes ג.ג.ל (the consonants distilled from גוגל – Google) and plugs them into the פיעל verb form. The same process forms the verb לפסבק – to facebook.

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