According to Cambridge Dictionary, the verb "google" means

to search for something on the internet using the Google search engine (= computer program that finds information)

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I did a bit of Googling and I seemed to find the kind of articles you are looking for by using the word "tips".

I guess it means the author googled a few times, such as, writing tips, writing articles tips, writing post tips, etc.

Consider the following two sentences.

the author did a bit of googling and ...

the author googled a few times and ...

I guess both of them pretty much mean the same thing and the former sounds more colloquial.

Is my understanding correct?


"Googling" refers to the act of using Google and does not reference discrete searches. "Google" to refer to discrete searches is unnecessarily unweildy unless you're saying "I googled [search term]".



"The author googled a few times" sounds both incomplete and slightly incorrect to my ear. You Google [something specific], and it doesn't make sense to do it multiple times.

But to "do a bit of Googling" implies that you're going through the process with a few different search terms, or clicking through several results to gather information.

  • googled his subject a few times over several days


  • do a bit of googling to find some information he needed

= that's like: do a bit of swimming

if you use google as an active verb, it requires a direct object.

They don't these sentences necessarily mean the same thing at all.

  • I did a bit of cooking today.
  • I cooked my favorite dish today.

Are those the exact same thing? No, they are not.

To do a bit of [some activity] is idiomatic usage in English.

  • He did a bit of cooking in his younger years but gave it up in his forties.

It usually refers to doing some activity casually and is a typical spoken idiom.

People do a bit of this or that in speech at lot. It is not usually written as it sounds conversational and, indeed, is used in conversations unless one is telling a story.

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