Wellington: The term “googleganger”, which describes a person, who emerges among online search results for one’s own name, has been named as word of the year by the Macquarie Dictionary.
The term is a noun, meaning “a person with the same name as oneself, whose online references are mixed with one’s own among search results for one’s name”.
Dictionary editor Susan Butler said it was a neat and witty blend of the words Google and doppelganger.
“People find it really tempting to put their names in and see what pops up,” Stuff.co.nz quoted her as saying.
“Part of the fascination of the game is to find people who are so different to yourself that it’s quite startling to imagine yourself as them,” she said.
Butler’s googleganger is a Florida author who wrote East to the Dawn, a 1997 biography of pioneer aviator Amelia Earhart.