Speaking of my mother...
When I was home last weekend, my mother mentioned that she had "looked up" a lawyer I had mentioned in an earlier conversation.
Her exact words were, "I looked up that lawyer you were talking about."
I know that she can't use the internet herself, based on the number of phone calls I receive that begin with, "I need you to find something on the computer internet for me..." (Yes, she sometimes calls it "the computer internet." Or "the world wide web.")
Since she couldn't have meant the internet, I wasn't sure what she meant by "looked up." I thought it was kind of like when I sometimes see a "Closed" sign on a store that reads "Closed, Please Call Again," and I think, "I didn't call, I stopped by. And you were closed." But in the olden days, to call on someone meant to visit, so maybe "look up" had an old-fashioned meaning too.
So, I asked. "When you say you 'looked him up,' what do you mean by that?"
My mother answered quite simply, "I looked him up on google on the internet."
Whoa. We are now entering a whole new world. Google?!?
I decided to throw something new into the mix and see how she handled it.
"You know, mom, if you look someone up on google, you can just say you 'googled him.' You can use it as a verb, most people will know what it means."
She stopped to take this in for a minute. I could just see the wheels turning as she processed that little tidbit.
And, then, all of the sudden, she said, with a totally straight face, "Well, then... I yahoo-ed him too."