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May 13, 2009

Google’s screwy spelling filter

C’mon, Google - your spelling filters are getting silly!

I’m trying to do historical research on the “Picts”, an early Gaelic people of Scotland, but look what happens when I search for “Inverness Picts”:

semantics

It looks like Google thinks “Picts” is the same as “Pictures” and “Pics”!

Let’s not see Google dumbed-down in this way, please, thanks? :)



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3 Comments »
  1. Google isn’t being “dumbed down” by it’s developers. Its spelling filter is great for numerous reasons going beyond just fixing typos.

    If you don’t want to use this, learn how to use Boolean operators for searching. Surround the word which you want to search for in quotes, and Google will leave it alone.

    http://www.lmgtfy.com/?q=Inverness+%22Picts%22

    Their advance search option can do this for you, too. Just search in the “Find web pages that have this exact wording or phrase:” field. It’s your friend.

    Cheers

    Comment by L2Google — May 22, 2009 @ 3:33 pm

  2. Or you can put quotation marks around the word and search for:

    Inverness “picts”

    They only do that for people who don’t have good spelling, are using colloquialisms or are idiots :-p

    Comment by Anthony — July 28, 2009 @ 9:51 am

  3. I’ve been using quotes extensively in Google search for years, but finding Google is frequently unable to return useful results where quote marks are used.

    Ironically as well, this post now shows top of Google for a search of:

    Inversss “Picts”

    Comment by Brian Turner — August 18, 2009 @ 10:10 am

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