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Old 2018-11-09, 18:36   #1
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Default Unindexed word pairs on Google

The goal of this is to type in two words on Google that yield one or no results without using quotation marks, punctuation, or any other symbols.

This is surprisingly hard to find. Even unrelated word pairs such as "seaweed francium" (without quotes) yield over 10,000 results. But after a ton of trial and error, I was able to find the following:

octillionaire polymath - 1 result
Isotoxal puggle - 1 result
octillionaire puggle - no results

A side goal would be to find the word pair that has the most number of results while not using quotes, while still failing to yield anything if quotes are used. The best I was able to come up with is "reinforcing aardvark" - it has 153,000 results without using quotes and 0 results if quotes are used.

Posting your word pair in this thread will eventually result in it being indexed by Google, so feel free to attach screenshots as well.
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Old 2018-11-09, 23:23   #2
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A side goal would be to find the word pair that has the most number of results while not using quotes, while still failing to yield anything if quotes are used. The best I was able to come up with is "reinforcing aardvark" - it has 153,000 results without using quotes and 0 results if quotes are used.
The most promising candidates are words that occur within the same list, for instance the periodic table of elements, and therefore will very often occur on the same web page, but would very rarely occur immediately adjacent to one another.

The whole trick however, is to find a pair of chemical elements that actually occur only zero or one times when within quotes, rather than, say half a dozen times. Out of the five thousand or so possible pairs of chemical elements, there must be a few. And then without quotes you will get millions and millions of hits.
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Old 2018-11-10, 00:14   #3
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Centillionaire Kryptonian
Duodecillionaire Superman

Both say 1 result, but the second one has multiple images.
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Old 2018-11-10, 00:32   #4
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The goal of this is to type in two words on Google that yield one or no results without using quotation marks, punctuation, or any other symbols.
Back in the day, there was a website dedicated to "Google whacking" (may have been a single word). It was as above, but for only a single result. I spent some time submitting a few.
It wasn't too hard to get <100 or 0, but hard to get exactly 1.
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Old 2018-11-10, 00:47   #5
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I have found many times that, hits for a Google search don't actually contain all the search words.

For example, I just tried a search on the two words

dietary neutronium

(in that order), and Google proudly announced about 16,900 hits. I checked the first four, and none of them had the word "dietary."

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Old 2018-11-10, 00:59   #6
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I have found many times that, hits for a Google search don't actually contain all the search words.

For example, I just tried a search on the two words

dietary neutronium

(in that order), and Google proudly announced about 16,900 hits. I checked the first four, and none of them had the word "dietary."
Maybe putting each word in quotes, as in “dietary” “neutronium”, would fix that?
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Old 2018-11-10, 18:51   #7
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Maybe putting each word in quotes, as in “dietary” “neutronium”, would fix that?
Of course, but what he was not complaining about that, what he was meaning was that Google (and generally all search engines) serves you a lot of crap (from whatever reason, paid advertising, etc) which has nothing to do with the things you are looking for, therefore it would be quite impossible to find two words that return no result without quotes - see the topic original post. (with quotes is quite easy)

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Old 2018-11-10, 19:20   #8
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Now that the useless G+ thing has been discontinued I hope they return the original behaviour of using a + before each word. Having to type " twice around each word is tedious. [/rant]
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Old 2018-11-11, 02:22   #9
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Now that the useless G+ thing has been discontinued I hope they return the original behaviour of using a + before each word. Having to type " twice around each word is tedious. [/rant]
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Old 2018-11-11, 09:36   #10
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Back in the day, there was a website dedicated to "Google whacking" (may have been a single word). It was as above, but for only a single result. I spent some time submitting a few.
It wasn't too hard to get <100 or 0, but hard to get exactly 1.
I remember Google whacking! Both words had to be in a specified dictionary, usually some version of Websters for US players or Chambers for the UK team. Using the full OED was considered cheating. It was a common pastime at MSR.

Found quite a few but the only one I now remember is "nitrile Permian" which occurred in a page about a geochemist wearing nitrile gloves to avoid contamination of a Permian-era rock sample.
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Old 2018-11-11, 13:22   #11
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Well, I tried the usual Google search for

dietary neutronium

then tried "Advanced Search" putting

dietary neutronium

in the box

Find pages with...

all these words:

Both appear to give the same hits. (Now, up to 17,700). But, despite Advanced Search promising pages with "all these words," the first four hits still lack the word "dietary."
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