Monday, January 16, 2012

Breaking News: Correct spellings are found to increase number of relevant search results

In a study performed today it was discovered that if you correctly spell the search terms in any ordinary web search you are 97.45% more likely to get helpful results.

"It's astounding," representative for the GN* said, when asked about this new development. "Not only does good spelling look better, it's actually more functional."

Participants in today's test were given several words to define using the well known Google Search Engine. Those who spelled the words correctly came up with positive results 150% faster than those who had typos, according to test results. Many of those who used misspelled words didn't come up with any accurate results until they used the correct spelling.

"This study is just proof of what GN has been saying for years," a pro-grammar participant said. "It's amazing to finally see some people standing up and saying "This actually works. This is something we should encourage.""

Opposition to the GN movement had little to say on the subject. Misspelled search terms can often lead to unwanted, or even inappropriate, results. Misspelled words can have similar results in other usages as well. Imagine writing an e-mail to your grandmother and leaving a letter out of "Hello."

"Everyone should learn to spell," GN representative said in closing. "There's no question of whether or not it's worth learning; it is definitely worth learning."

Further studies are in progress, and results are eagerly anticipated by both sides of the grammar debate.

*Grammar Nazis

4 comments:

  1. Luckily, Google will correct spelling mistakes for you. It's really the best spell checker I've ever seen. ;)

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  2. One particular word used in this study was "Outre." The participant typed in "Outrey" and spent many useless hours looking for the definition.

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  3. Heh, that's a bit of a strange one. :)

    Mangling a random word here... searching for "porgresss" correctly brings up "progress". (Even though the Chrome spell checker doesn't get it!)

    Usually I use Google when I don't know how to spell something; it gets it 95% percent of the time. :)

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