Google and Answers.com Esslessness
Note: Really, really don't e-mail me every word you find with, or without, an "s" at the end. Really. Thanks.
2005-02-25 13:00 UTC Beginning early on 2005-02-24, and continuing now for at least 24 hours, Google thinks, that Answers.com thinks, that there are no (or very, very few) English words ending in a single letter "s".
2005-02-25 19:00 UTC A brief update from our primary contact at Google:
"That seems suboptimal. :) It may take a few days, but I feel that we can make obvious a word again. :)"...assuring once again that the value of the Googlewhacking community is... obvious :-)
2005-02-25 20:00 UTC Thi i hilariou:
An anonymou tyrannosauru left behind some scrumptiou debri.Did you mean "ridiculou"?
2005-03-10 13:30 UTC Crisis resolved. Agent Smith reports:
Please return to your assigned workplace, and resume whacking...uranous tooted Nuts! Just when I got used to whacking without the "s".
Possible explanations, from least to most paranoid and grandiose:
Late on 2005-01-27, Google changed from Dictionary.com to Answers.com. Long-time whackers took this as a sign of The End Times, and complained bitterly. Then, realizing many new words had appeared (bouncebackability and allyourbasearebelongtous come to mind), they switched merely to mocking Answers.com. Eventually, they realized that "Googlewhack" also was an accepted, linked word, and found peace. That is, until they realized the days of liberal pluralization were gone.
No need to go into great detail; a few examples suffice. Gone were "godmothers" and "godfathers" -- you can have only one? -- and every other step-, grand-, and regular old -thers and -sters in the whole famn damily. Good whacking technique demands many variations on each word, so this dries up the pool a bit.
Yesterday, however (2005-02-24) saw a new low, when (according to Google's view of Answers.com), most words ending in "s" ceased to exist. Again, a few examples make the point. Nothing is delicious (11M pages). No one is anxious (6M). This may be because no one has a penis (24M). In apparent response to GOP fiscal irresponsiblity, nothing remains gratis (131M). Some fail to see the obvious (28M), that Genesis (16M) is not in conflict with physics (56M). Alas! (5M)
As Agent Smith pointed out in The Whack Stack:
eviscerating horsefeather Answers.com, now 50% less fun for whacking. :-( zaniness answerability Answers.com answer to this is: duhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. answerability stumper Ironically, "answers" isn't a word, either.In fact, many of the regulars weighed in:
wackiest suffixing Well, let' see: it appear that no word are allowed to end in a single . RH Hobos (oops.) freakishly brainsick no plurals is/are making me mad Drayce whacking ferventness well, i just did (whack ferventness).... Drayce plurally blacklisted adding esses was my biggest whack crutch....sob now i'm a crip..Drayce quaalude sibilance too chilled to annunciate... zzzz JB, UK unbroken suffixion I always heard: If it aint broke, don't fix it. WE WANT OUR ESSES BACK! -R.H. Hobo answerably obtuseness Not One Jot poormouthing answerable answer(s).com is totally out of whack! windycity cloistering answerability ghaah...can't...breath...chok..ing....... Drayce s..es.esses.ssss hahaha pluralizing unholiness Not One Jot dispossessor finesse What kind of monster would dispose of all final esses? R.H. Hobo uninsurability erasing my policy has no coverage for loss of esses windycity poormouthed bush 1: why w commands no hooman language> 2: why this whack = an analytic truth. Munro v BWell, that last one, that's Munro, just always worth quoting. Joan in Austin aptly noted, though:
answerableness inexplicably Sure it's frustrating not to find plurals, but answers.com is fond of "-ness".You can still floss, pass a jackass, or mess around in class. Two esses: good.
However, as a reminder to those seeking true enlightenment:
You will not find it in your cars (124M), You will not find it in your bars (42M). You should not look in pots (7M) or pans (5M), or shots (24M) or cans (5M), or plots (10M) or plans (126M). Especially not Republicans (8M).This sequence is revealing (See Note)
Either that, or there's one line of code somewhere at Google with a bad bit in it :-)
E-mail snippets on the topic of Answers.com and Esslessness
Danny Sullivan had reported on Google plans to change to, and their completion of the switch to, Answers.com on 2005-01-27.
Subject: Google offers new Answers Date: Fri, 28 Jan 2005 08:31:16 -0500 From: Gary StockIn subsequent days, I received several media inquiries about how the change affected Googlewhackers. Please note the citrus-sweet tang of lemonade being made.
Subject: Re: Media Query: Answers.com's effect on Googlewhacking Date: Mon, 31 Jan 2005 22:00:43 -0500 From: Gary StockLongtime participants complained about the apparently lax standards for inclusion at Answers.com (which most other folks would never notice, or welcome as a larger vocabulary).
Subject: Re: UnBlinking Googlewhack Date: Mon, 31 Jan 2005 07:02:35 -0500 From: Gary Stock
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