Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 1st Nov 2005 18:57 UTC, submitted by DigitalDame
Google "I was thinking about all the cool stuff Google has done when I realized that none of it was original. The folks at Microsoft, long known for being copycats, must be furious, since nobody has ever accused Google of the same thing. Everything Google has done has been derivative. The search engine was taken from the AltaVista idea of huge computer farms. Gmail is a clone of Hotmail. The Google Chat is nothing special. Orkut is a copy of Friendster. Even the invention of ads targeted to search requests is derivative of the old search engine.
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Sorry, at least in Google this does NOT work as you describe.

Let's enter "I've * you".

Here is a sample of the results:

I ve Got You
I ve seen things you
I've got MAYA. You

You got the idea. I need it to match *exactly* one word. In addition, I would like to have the opportunity to specify a wildcard for a specific part of speech, like this:

"I <adverb> disagree" - to find the adverbs that are normally used in this position (such as "strongly", "respectfully" etc.) This is useful if I'm not sure which word I should use so that the phrase sounds like English and not like a calque from my native language.

Edited 2005-11-02 08:16

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