Google has given up its use of GMail in Germany, in favour of the trademark owned by gmail.de. I for one was up most nights these past three years, pacing the floor, choreographing in my sleepless brain all the possible manoeuvres and defences that might be employed in this complex moral battle between modern-day David and Goliath. Those months of practice were all I needed to withstand Saturday’s dawn raid on Port Meadow. But now my mind might finally find its repose, and for that alone I’m grateful.
I still think Germans should call Google “Guckel”, which would translate as something like “Looky” or “Peepy”. Now there’s a retroactive etymology for you. Call my user-agent!