Word Salad – “Googlewhack”

Many of the younger generation don’t remember a time without the internet, and that’s very sad. I had recently started working at a computer company in the early 1990s when the internet became “commercially viable” (at least for us), and there were some very interesting things going on back in the early days.

When you’re bored at work, and you’ve got access to an internet search engine, you can waste lots of time searching for whatever info might suit your fancy. And luckily the internet is chock full of pages that provide exactly what you are looking for. But it wasn’t always that way.

Usually, your search will return numerous pages; so many, that you might want to narrow down your key words to help weed through all those pages that are vying for your attention. But what if you entered only 2 words and came up with only ONE web page? That’s a “Googlewhack”. There used to be a web site dedicated to listing Googlewhacks, but even now that has gone by the wayside.

It was fun, trying to out-search your co-workers who were also trying to out-search you. And back then, it was fairly easy, mostly because there weren’t billions and billions of web pages available. But now, even the term itself returns more web pages than anyone could possibly weed through. And when I publish this blog post, I’ll actually be adding to that sea of pages simply because search engines will read this post and file it away in their memory banks, waiting to serve it up for the next person who happens to wonder “WTF does that word mean??”…..

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