Googlewhacking, a sort of hapax legomenon game

Grlygrl201@aol.com Grlygrl201@aol.com
Fri, 25 Jan 2002 17:23:36 EST


In a message dated Fri, 25 Jan 2002  4:09:53 PM Eastern Standard Time, "Gordon Mohr" <gojomo@bitzi.com> writes:

> FoRK classic:
> 
> Eugene Leitl noted in Dec 99 the updating of the term "hapax 
> legomemnon" to mean a search term that yields exactly one hit 
> from a search engine:
> 
>    http://www.xent.com/nov99/0323.html
> 
> Now flash-forward to a few years later:
> 
> "Googlewhacking" is the search for paired common words which
> give exactly one Google hit. See:
> 
>    http://unblinking.com/heh/googlewhack.htm
> 
> There's even a scoring mechanism: multiply the two words' 
> independent frequencies. Shoot for either the highest or 
> lowest score. 
> 
> - Gordon
> 
> 
the attempt/success ratio should count.  i'm 1/1 with "largely largesse."

loves this stuff,
gg