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Google is massive company with more than 40,000 employees and has crafted a culture of Googlers who speak the same language. To outsiders, the language used by employees of the internet company might sound like jibberish, but within the company, the Google dialect is second-nature.

Here are 15 of the Google-specific words you learn once you start working at the company...






1 - Plex

The Googleplex, as Google's sprawling Mountain View campus is called, is shortened to the Plex by many employees. 

2 - GBike

The mode of transportation on Google's campus, the GBike is known for its colourful frame. If you visit campus, you can even catch a glimpse of the conference room bike.

3 - Stan

In the Googleplex, you'll meet "Stan" — Google's own T-Rex. The statue is there to remind the company to never become a dinosaur, or at least that's one theory behind it.


4 - Noogler

If you're new to Google, expect to be called a Noogler. Pronounced "new-gler", Nooglers are identifiable thanks to the Google-coloured propeller caps they receive.

5 - Gayglers

Members of the LGBT community (and their supporters) are known as Gayglers.

6 - Greyglers

Another Googler nickname, Greyglers are Google employees 40 and older (although we'll guess some of those in their forties aren't sporting grey hairs). One of Google's most prominent Greyglers is their chief internet evangelist (and one of the fathers of the web) Vint Cerf.

7 - Xoogler

Once a Google employee leaves the company, they become a Xoogler. A shortened version of ex-Googler, Xoogler is actually pronounced "zoo-gler." Some have credited Google employee #59, Doug Edwards, as inventing the term Xoogler. His blog was one of the first to coin the term.

8 - Googlegeist

This isn't a ghost that haunts the Plex. The "Googlegeist" is an annual survey of all employees where they are asked to rate their managers and life at Google. While many employees would shy away from an HR questionnaire, more than 90% of Googlers fill it out every year.

9 - Perf

Short for performance review, the dreaded annual Perf is what determines whether Googlers rise or fall in the coming year. It's generally not what gets employees canned, though. Google tracks other performance reviews along the way.

10 - TGIF

It does mean "Thank God It's Friday" but it also is the name of the weekly all-hands meeting — confusingly, now held on Thursdays. The hour-long meeting dates back to the early days of Google, but is now held in a worldwide Google hangout. It's also where Nooglers receive their hats.

11 - Jolly Good Fellow

He's not Santa, but Google employee Chade-Meng Tan is known as Google's Jolly Good Fellow. "Fellow" is a term normally given to Google's most valued engineers, but Tan's title is to show what he's working on: how to make people feel happy.

12 - Tech Stop

The codename for Google's IT department, Tech Stop fixes employees computers and is a standard in Google offices worldwide.

13 - GUTS

This has nothing to do with Googler's bodies. GUTS is short for Google Universal Ticketing Systems, or where Googlers file tickets about problems that the company can track.

14 - FixIts

FixIts started out as a way for Google engineers to hunker-down and focus on backburner issues. They were originally 24-hour events, but FixIts have evolved into shorter bursts to clear backlogged projects.


15 - 20% time

Google allows its engineers to spend 20% of their time working on something other than their main job. In that time, Googlers have dreamed up some of Google's biggest products, including Gmail, Google News and AdSense.

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