|November 16, 2003
How would you like to be Whacked?
No, I'm neither threatening nor chastising. I'm talking about the fine art of Googlewhacking. It's a challenge wherein you try to input two words (and only two words) into the search box at Google and get precisely 1 result - no more, no less 1 website unique and wonderful enough to include both terms in its normal discourse with the reader. There are rules about syntax and some websites are excluded, but the basic idea is to identify a completely unique concept in two normal (to reasonable linguaphiles) words. It's great fun to try, and some combinations I tried returned many more matches than I'd have tought. For example:
After a few tries, you can get under 50 pretty easily (using accordionist as one of your terms is an effective limiter), but its VERY hard to get below 10. Ive been at it for weeks and never got below 6 without resorting to metallurgical terms for the appearance of particular cross sections of the microscopic structure of stainless steels, and Im just not geeky enough to consider these normal words. Close, but no austenitic cigar (a surprisingly high 52 hits).
Wow. There are almost 2,000 websites that include both poet and accordionist in casual conversation; I find that amazing. And more amazing is that if you put in 6 common nouns from the first sentence of my bio (father, husband, poet, engineer, accordionist, baseball), you still get 17 hits. SEVENTEEN HITS.