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Google has tweaked its search engine to speed up queries for users who are prone to spelling mishaps. Mountain View said on Friday that it had made three enhancements to help web surfers input their searches more quickly and easily. It has plumped up the automatic correction of misspelled search words to include 31 languages …

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Joke

Pretty soon...

...Google will know what you are ABOUT to search for...

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They already know that. It's donkey midget porn, duh.

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Joke

About to search for...

Pr0n torrents, obviously?

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Welcome

Must be awkward for frequent travellers

...unless they override the heuristics when the user is logged in and they know the user's location.

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mwk

God help you

if you're trying to find something that's deliberately misspelt.

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Unhappy

Looking for something to NOT be corrected

I remember some adverts from the '80s about the "InPhone". I think this was when BT finally introduced the plug/socket we all know today. So I wanted to look it up.

Bloody Google kept providing links to anything to do with the iPhone...

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Joke

Hmmm.....

I think that Mr Dunkey who runs the Saxophone store is going to be slightly pissed off........

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Confused

Why, when so many people would find some Funky Sox as a result

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One step back?

In the new listings style that is being rolled out, you can't click the word you googled and go to spellings/definitions/usage :(

'fewer shopping sites' is a decent option tho :)

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FAIL

how about "NOT!"

Please Google, give us a URL that won't have any of the suggestion crap. I hate losing more than an inch of screen real-estate just because you think I can't spell. how about http://smarter.than.google.com

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FAIL

Please don't.

Just... don't. Or at least give us the opportunity to turn the auto-correction off.

I tend to search for things with slightly unusual spellings. I often also use French or Spanish search terms. I already get irked by Google asking "did you mean...", or even (on one occasion) deciding that I actually didn't mean to search for "sp_dbcc_faultreport indid", and giving me the results for "sp_dbcc_faultreport india"!

This sounds like it will lead to more of the same. In return for making something easier to use for newbies, we are going to end up with something that is of less use to power users.

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With you

Absolutely with you on this. I never understood why Google didn't have a modifier (a la "site:somedomain.com" and so forth) to yield only an exact string match. It would be so useful for hunting down software error-messages and the like - usually this works to some extent with phrase matching, but often it doesn't.

An engine that did this would get a big portion of my queries.

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Newbies to what?

The English language?

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Erm, like this?

http://www.google.com/search?q=%22searches+like+this%22

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exact match

Put a '+' character in front of the word, i.e. +satelite which will not return entries for the correctly spelt "satellite"

Sadly this doesn't work for phrases, i.e. +"comunications satelite", where the + is attached only to the first word.

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Stop

Obscure spellings? Please

Try being a Perl programmer with google. Lets find out what the variables $?, $^, $> and $< mean with google..

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Coat

Why would they call it 'refined search'?

Why not "vulgar search", "iliturutt surch" or "Google's latest attempt to make the internet even more stupid".

Getting my coat in disgust.

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Coat

another naming suggestion

illiterate alliterations.

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Headmaster

I yam wot I yam...

...an' I knows wot I means t'be goin' fer wen I types it. Iffen I Googles sumpin' Spelt Funny, believe me, it's a-purpose and no typo eror. :)

Beer all around an' Oi'll get me coat. ;)

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