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Chapter 1. Web > The 10-Word Limit

1.4. The 10-Word Limit

Unless you're fond of long, detailed queries, you might never have noticed that Google has a hard limit of 10 words—that's keywords and special syntaxes combined—ignoring anything beyond. While this has no real effect on casual Google users, search hounds quickly find that this limit rather cramps their style.

1.4.1. Favor Obscurity

By limiting your query to the more obscure of your keywords or phrase fragments, you'll hone results without squandering precious query words. Let's say you're interested in a phrase from Hamlet: "The lady doth protest too much, methinks." At first blush, you might simply paste the entire phrase into the query field. But that's 7 of your 10 allotted words right there, leaving no room for additional query words or search syntax.


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