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Posers and Puzzles

Posers and Puzzles

  1. 22 Feb '05 22:13
    Inspired by my last puzzle thread, lets play the google game.

    The winner is the person who finds a common english word which has the least amounts of google hits. the following rules apply.

    1) It must be common i.e. be found in a smallish dictionary
    2) It must be spelt correctly (no slang stuff)
    3) It has to have 5 or more letters


    I'll start the bidding with the word

    Kilns = 695,000 hits
  2. Donation richjohnson
    TANSTAAFL
    22 Feb '05 22:35
    copse = 202,000
  3. 22 Feb '05 23:02
    I would say this is common in that its widely known as a very long word. Although it probably wouldn't be found in a mini dictionary (you can be the judge on that) So, probably because this word is quite hard to spell...

    Antidisestablishmentarianism gave me only 28,100 hits.



  4. 22 Feb '05 23:31
    Originally posted by Aerodynamik
    I would say this is common in that its widely known as a very long word. Although it probably wouldn't be found in a mini dictionary (you can be the judge on that) So, probably because this word is quite hard to spell...

    Antidisestablishmentarianism gave me only 28,100 hits.



    Its not in my dictionary but I'll allow it as I have heard of it, but I can beat it with

    Mummify = 24,400
  5. Standard member The Plumber
    Leak-Proof
    23 Feb '05 00:39
    galavant - 5290
  6. Donation richjohnson
    TANSTAAFL
    23 Feb '05 01:40 / 1 edit
    circumloquatious - 22

    edit: this spelling isn't recognized by dictionary.com, so it probably doesn't count.
  7. 23 Feb '05 01:47 / 1 edit
    nice rich, I thought I was doing OK with infantesimal..302
    (alternate sp. infantecimal had 41 hits, but wasn't recognized by dictionary.com)

    adnascentia...3
  8. 23 Feb '05 02:36
    Nongangrenous - 128
    phrontistes - 154
    ravanastron - 166

    Although they aren't exactly common words.
  9. Standard member The Plumber
    Leak-Proof
    23 Feb '05 04:54
    Come on guys, normal words.... Let's not have any galavanting around out there....;-)

    Interesting, when I run google on "galavant" now, I only get 837 hits. Why would it change that dramatically in a few hours? Hmmmm.....

    I ran the rest of the words previously posted, just for fun. Here's my comparison of the two google runs. Any ideas as to why they change?

    kilns - 695,000 697,000
    copse - 202,000 202,000
    Anti.... - 28,100 25,500
    mummify - 24,400 24,500
    galavant - 5290 837
    circumloquatious - 22 22
    adnascentia - 3 5
    Nongangrenous - 128 85
    phrontistes - 154 155
    ravanastron - 166 159


  10. 23 Feb '05 06:33
    Now that is a good question.
  11. Standard member Freddie2008
    9 Edits
    23 Feb '05 11:08
    aquiest gets 398

    fred
  12. Standard member Freddie2008
    9 Edits
    23 Feb '05 11:14 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by Freddie2004
    aquiest gets 398

    fred
    i've beaten myself with fissiparious =104

    fred
  13. 27 May '05 07:25
    does sasporella count? it comes with only 9
  14. Standard member Bowmann
    Non-Subscriber
    28 May '05 21:26
    Originally posted by Freddie2004
    aquiest gets 398

    fred
    And that's a real word is it?
  15. 29 May '05 13:56
    ananomical - 15