Little-known sci-fi fact: Buffy was the first TV show to use the phrase 'Googling'

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Oct 3, 2016, 7:52 PM EDT (Updated)

The cult hit Buffy the Vampire Slayer is important for a lot of reasons.

It pushed the boundaries for strong female characters, it helped pioneer the modern-day style of serialized storytelling, and it also put future Avengers director Joss Whedon on the map. Oh, and it was also the first TV show to use the phrase “Googling.”

It’s practically a verb these days, but back when Buffy the Vampire Slayer was wrapping up its final season in 2002, Google was still an upstart search engine — but certainly not a household name and tech juggernaut like it is today. Luckily, Buffy’s pal Willow (Alyson Hannigan) is ahead of the curve on the tech front, and was using the phrase “Googling.” 

The first use of the phrase came in the fourth episode of Buffy’s last season, “Help” (the one with Azura Skye as Cassie), which aired Oct. 15, 2002. They’re talking about finding someone, and Willow asks “Have you Googled her yet?” And a verb is born.

As we all know, the phrase has gone on to be the de facto phrase for searching something online.  And it all started in Sunnydale, y’all.

(Via The Atlantic, Digital Wars)