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Tuesday, August 5, 2003

More on Google Synonyms

Microdoc found a great way to get to know all the synonyms for any word using Google’s new synonym search:

You can find out what the synonyms are by using the Exclude Word Operator which is the minus sign (-) in front of a word. What you do is to first do a search on ~help -help which is the AWO [Approximate Word Operator] and the word help and then minus and the word help. You will then see another word appearing in the results which is a synonym for help. Use the Exclude Word Operator (-) in front the the word e.g. -guide and then what appears in the top listings now. Continue through each word until there are no more synonyms left.
– Microdoc, New Google Feature: Synonym Search, 08/04/2003

Blog Love

Trying this method for “blog”, we get:

  1. Log
  2. Weblog
  3. Blogger

For “love”, it would be:

  1. Romantic
  2. Lovers
  3. Compatibility
  4. Lovely
  5. Marriage
  6. Loving


And here I propose a new game for those tired of a normal Googlewhack; the Fuzzywhack. Enter two search terms in connection with the synonym-tilde, and manage to get only a single hit back.

And the Internet Goes to...

Rajiv sends this in via email...
The first result when you Google for “Internet” is... Microsoft Corporation. Congratulations to Redmond, Washington. While we’re at it, this quote from the most famous living college dropout doesn’t cease to amuses me...

“We believe that we’re just at the beginning of what we can do with software.”
Bill Gates, 2003 Financial Analysts Meeting

Google: New Synonym Search

This is great news for the regular Google-researcher: Google goes fuzzy and gets synonyms.
Enter a tilde character before your keyword for any given search, and Google will go through the word, as well as variatons of the word. For example if you enter...

html ~tutorial

... the resulting pages will also include html tutorials (plural), html introduction, html help, and so on.


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