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Thread poster: Pablo Roufogalis
Pablo Roufogalis
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Feb 20, 2005

http://www.boston.com/news/globe/living/articles/2005/02/17/one_hit_wonder/

From: Monty Solomon

One-hit wonder

Why has Googlewhacking caught on? It's the lure of diminishing returns.

By Jack Thomas, Globe Staff | February 17, 2005

Are you proud of your vocabulary? Can you read William F. Buckley
without retreating to the Oxford English Dictionary? Do you get a
kick out of impressing friends by dropping into casual conversation
the kind of word -- obmutescence comes to mind -- that makes normal
people think their right eyeball is in their left socket?

If so, then you've probably lost most of your friends, but take heart.

You've got a great future.

You can be a Googlewhacker.

Don't bother to look it up. You won't find it in the dictionary, not
even among the 500,000 words in the 20-volume OED. Named after the
Internet search engine, Googlewhacking is a neologism that refers to
a game growing in popularity around the world among people with
entirely too much time on their hands. The goal is simple: to log on
to Google and to come up with two words that return a single hit.
Once Google scans its 8 billion pages, usually in less than a second,
check the finding in the upper right corner of the screen. If it
says, ''Results 1-1 of 1," then congratulations!

You're a Googlewhacker.

Be warned, though. This is not as easy as it sounds.


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Atenea Acevedo  Identity Verified
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Thanks, Pablo Feb 21, 2005

This is wonderful!


Atenea


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xxxIanW
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Googled intelligence ... Feb 21, 2005

... got three hits. Pity, really.

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Robert Zawadzki  Identity Verified
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You've set something wrong Feb 21, 2005

Ian Winick wrote:

Googled intelligence

... got three hits. Pity, really.


Wyniki 1 - 10 spo¶ród oko³o 45,300,000 dla zapytania intelligence. (Znaleziono w 0,22 sek.)

[Edited at 2005-02-21 09:59]


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Robert Zawadzki  Identity Verified
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Wow! I got it! Feb 21, 2005

perelysis

Wyniki 1 - 1 spo¶ród 1 dla zapytania perelysis. (Znaleziono w 0,26 sek.)

I guess that is the way: search for misspelled words...


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Kirill Semenov  Identity Verified
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No misspelled words... Feb 21, 2005

rzawadzk wrote:
I guess that is the way: search for misspelled words...


"Googlewhacking imposes few rules: no proper nouns, no words from website word lists, and each word must be found at dictionary.com, which can be clicked from the Google page".

Dear Pablo, thank you very much for this thread!


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Kirill Semenov  Identity Verified
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My first one! Feb 21, 2005

"Gipsy urbanism" Wow!

Added: I suspected that Gypsy is a proper name, so I found another one. Let it be my first:

"atheistic iconoclasm"

Results 1 - 1 of 1 for "atheistic iconoclasm". (0.30 seconds)

Theosophical Society in America
... Having suffered myself from atheistic iconoclasm, I wish to lead my readers along a more pleasant pathway to what I have come to regard as truth, preferring to ...
www.theosophical.org/theosophy/ books/hiddenwisdom2/preface.html


[Edited at 2005-02-21 14:34]


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Pablo Roufogalis
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From one logophilliac to another... Feb 21, 2005

You are welcome!

Wonder if google.com would limit/forbid this if it goes out of hand.


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logophilliac Feb 21, 2005

Pablo Roufogalis wrote:

You are welcome!

Wonder if google.com would limit/forbid this if it goes out of hand.


Hi Pablo,
You probably meant logophi*l*iac. You would've gotten ZERO google hits with logophi*ll*iac and would've been *whacked by google* yourself.

Anyway, did you mean to say logophile?

M

[Edited at 2005-02-21 14:52]


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Kirill Semenov  Identity Verified
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The task is even more complicated... Feb 21, 2005

Pablo Roufogalis wrote:
Wonder if google.com would limit/forbid this if it goes out of hand.


I've just found out that the two words should NOT be taken in quote marks... But they must be adjacent in the single found link, I suppose. ... No they may not be adjacent. Just two words in the search line -- and just a single hit in Google, that's all.

[Edited at 2005-02-21 14:49]


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Winners of a googlewhacking contest Feb 21, 2005

The Washington Post runs a weekly contest where readers send in humorous answers on different topics. Googlewhacking was the subject of one contest last winter. Readers were to send
in phrases with only one hit in Google and supply their own offbeat definition:

Report from Week 566, in which we asked for Googlewhacks, two- word phrases that, when entered into the Google search engine, would produce one and only one Web site. The entries below were written three to four weeks ago, and some already have lost their one-hit- wonder status.

{diam} Third runner-up: One-hundred-fourteenth dimension: The lowest dimension that fits the rules of this contest -- until The Post puts these results on its Web page. (Russell Beland, Springfield)

{diam} Second runner-up: Tautologous Googlewhacking: Googlewhacking that is tautologous. (Mark Hagenau, Derry, N.H.)

{diam} First runner-up, the winner of the "Subliminal Persuasion" cassette tape to stop hair loss: Decimated triskaidekaphobia: Fear of the number 11.7. (Myra Snow, Clarksville)

{diam} And the winner of the Inker: Tapioca natatoriums: One way to slow down Michael Phelps. (Pam Sweeney, Germantown)

{diam} Honorable Mentions:

Abecedary fuehrer: Leader of a sect that believes that the Aryans are the penultimate master race, second only to the Aborigines. (Danny Bravman, Potomac)

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious speechwriter: The staffer who convinced the president that "if you say it loud enough you'll always sound precocious." (Carolee Eubanks, San Marcos, Calif.)

Vulcanized perambulator: A rubber baby buggy. (Chris Doyle, Forsyth, Mo.)

Homunculus telecommuter: The little man inside the Internet who delivers all the e-mail. (Liz Starin, New York)

Bootylicious Catullus: A tarted-up college humanities course trying to attract today's students. (Brendan Beary, Great Mills)

Heft assizer: The airline employee who determines if you have to buy two airline tickets for yourself. (Peter Metrinko, Plymouth, Minn.)

Whisperliner panic: The sudden doubt that air passing over its wings could ever hold up the plane you're on. (Dan Dunn, Bethel, Conn.)

Iguanodon vacuuming: A liposuction procedure for very obese senior citizens. (Lee Gazlay, South Riding)

Knievel halberds: The axes of Evel. (Chris Doyle)

Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis tourette: A rare disease where you never know what's going to come out of your lungs next. (Bruce W. Alter, Fairfax Station)

Hypodermic Zambonis: Botox injections. (Russell Beland)

Minimum-security vichyssoise: The first in a line of practical recipes in next month's Martha Stewart Living. (Brendan Beary)

Decontaminated lederhosen: What you pick up from the cleaners after an out-of-control "Sound of Music" karaoke session. (Jane Auerbach and David Eberlein, Los Angeles)

Norge panjandrum: A refrigerator magnate. (Chris Doyle)

Pleather scrapple: all the leftover parts of the pleather. (Mika Smith, Baltimore)

Paleontological tref: Jurassic pork. (Danny Bravman)

Clorox appreciativeness: Undyeing thanks. (Danny Bravman)

Evangelicals stir-frying: Just a closer wok with Thee. (Chris Doyle)

Nitwitted palindrome: Able was I ere I saw St. Helena. (Chris Doyle)

Terpsichorean cooties: What really closed Studio 54. (Jeff Brechlin, Potomac Falls)

Scatologic Betelgeuse: The mess left behind when a star turns into a nova. (Axel Brinck, Montreal)

Deviant broccoflower: At last, a vegetable even Mom tells you to avoid. (Jane Auerbach)

Cucaracha kerfuffle: Legal slang for a common tenant-landlord dispute. (Brendan Beary)

Braggartly coral: Boast reef. (Seth Brown, North Adams, Mass.)

Kerchoo waggles: The nose fidgets that precede a gigantic sneeze. (Richard Grantham, North Melbourne, Australia, and Chris Doyle) [This Googlewhack is an anagram of . . .]

Excrements Suzette: Pancakes that taste like crepe. (Russell Beland)

Gutless sumos: When you know the South Beach Diet has gone too far. (Peter Boice, Rockville)

Granitic bialy: Rock and roll. (Liz Starin, New York)

Sousaphone tribunals: A variation of tuba litigations. (Russell Beland)

Pedestrial Exsanguination: Latest release for the PlayStation 2: Tagline: "Mow 'em Down on the Sidewalk!" Points earned are determined by pedestrian's mobility and social standing. (Michael Lyons, New Albany, Ohio)

Figmental fjord: The gulf where Bush believes Saddam dumped those WMDs. (Phyllis Reinhard, East Fallowfield, Pa.)

Defenestrational rock: The thing people who lived in glass houses wish they hadn't thrown. (Russell Beland)

Schmick Cheney: President Bush's super-secret code name for the veep. (Brendan Beary)

Triskaidekaphobic Broncos: Why Elway went for the two-point conversion after tying the game at 12. (Pam Sweeney, Germantown)

Noiselessness sequoias: The answer to the tree-falling-in-the- woods conundrums. (Chris Doyle)


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Pablo Roufogalis
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Hercules Feb 22, 2005

Marcus Malabad wrote:

Hi Pablo,
You probably meant logophi*l*iac. You would've gotten ZERO google hits with logophi*ll*iac and would've been *whacked by google* yourself.

Anyway, did you mean to say logophile?

M

[Edited at 2005-02-21 14:52]


Hello Marcus.

A logophiliac is a logophile gone to extremes.

A logophi ll iac is a ne plus ultra logophiliac. The double Ls are meant to represent Hercules' pillars

It is not that I mispell (is that a verb?). It is just that you don't geddit


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A Googlewhack Adventure Feb 22, 2005

Hi,

Anyone who likes a good googlewhack should really take a look at 'Dave Gorman's Googlewhack Adventure'. It's a great book from a man who's 'lived the Googlewhack dream', as it were. And his other comedy shows/books are good too.

You can find him at his website below:

http://www.davegorman.com/googlewhack.htm

Happy Googlewhacking,

Elizabeth Sumner


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You're undermining it!!! Feb 23, 2005

GaryG wrote:

The entries below were written three to four weeks ago, and some already have lost their one-hit- wonder status.




This game becomes more difficult the longer it goes on... every time the results are posted somewhere, for example here, there's an additional hit for each former Googlewhack...


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Pablo Roufogalis
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Cheating Feb 23, 2005

Angela Dickson wrote:

This game becomes more difficult the longer it goes on... every time the results are posted somewhere, for example here, there's an additional hit for each former Googlewhack...


And you can create your own. It is easier to find a combination with no hits than a pair with just one hit.


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