An unofficial blog that watches Google's attempts to move your operating system online since 2005. Not affiliated with Google.

Send your tips to gostips@gmail.com.

November 1, 2007

Google-Difficult Words

For a small number of queries, Google shows a list of three results for other related query in the middle of the search results page. The "inline revisions" are only displayed if Google is confident that the new query provides better results.

We'll call a word or expression Google-difficult if the search results page shows an inline revision for "dictionary". That means many people who searched for that word changed the query to "dictionary" to find its meaning in a dictionary. Some examples: conceptual, tentative, salient, lucrative. Because Google's results change all the time, a word that was Google-difficult at some point will not lose its quality even if it doesn't return an inline revision for "dictionary".

Can you find other Google-difficult words? Use an English interface for Google.

15 comments:

  1. How about esoteric? Fits, I suppose.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Here's a few more:
    penultimate
    clandestine
    visceral

    What's interesting is that while 'pernicious' isn't Google-hard, it is Google-drillable. :)

    - Chris

    ReplyDelete
  3. It seems that the implication is these sites would be a good place to search for your original term. Might be handy to just inline a list of site specific queries for the original term.

    ReplyDelete
  4. fab... :) can they please now split the stock so i can get a foot in! :)

    ReplyDelete
  5. I've found biased
    http://www.google.com/search?q=Biased

    ReplyDelete
  6. hell... pulchritudinous, xanthic, thaumaturge, lugubrious, my favourite.. surreptitious, lackadaisical and so on

    ReplyDelete
  7. what about goofy, word, relactation, sufishant, liquor?

    ReplyDelete
  8. words - splendiferous ,buoyant,penurious ,pennilless

    ReplyDelete
  9. what i think is hard is mississippi but i can say really fast

    ReplyDelete
  10. my friend thinks decliration is hard but i dont think i typed it right but i dont really care it is a hard word to type

    ReplyDelete
  11. it depends if you are a good speller some words like this and should they could be hard for people but mississippi and speflinaiont could be easy it is all about if you can spell or not.:)

    ReplyDelete
  12. it depends if you are a good speller some words like this and should they could be hard for people but mississippi and speflinaiont could be easy it is all about if you can spell or not.:)

    ReplyDelete
  13. i think this is the hardest chlorofluorocarbon's

    ReplyDelete