Growing a Google Word


You can grow yourself a Google word, letter by letter, starting with any seed. Here are the rules to make it work.

Take any letter, or a couple of letters. Say, "bo." This is your seed word.

Now check the Google results for "boa," "bob," "boc" and so on for all letters in the alphabet. Checking this letter by letter yourself is tedious, but you can automate this using FindForward (see findforward.com/?t=letter … be patient when using this tool because it needs to check Google several times to return the results). Here's what we get:

boa = 654,000
bob = 13,400,000
boc = 876,000
bod = 536,000
boe = 303,000
bof = 213,000
bog = 8,390,000
boh = 126,000
boi = 269,000
boj = 133,000
bok = 649,000
bol = 601,000
bom = 652,000
bon = 2,760,000
boo = 832,000
bop = 503,000

boq = 21,600
bor = 604,000
bos = 800,000
bot = 1,600,000
bou = 141,000
bov = 186,000
bow = 2,030,000
box = 56,400,000
boy = 9,610,000
boz = 205,000
bo0 = 8,610
bo1 = 14,500
bo2 = 19,200
bo3 = 11,800
bo4 = 6,430
bo5 = 11,600
bo6 = 11,000
bo7 = 9,490
bo8 = 4,820
bo9 = 5,100

The one result with the highest page count in Google, you'll grow again – until you're either satisfied with the word, or you don't get any more results for it. The seed in our example, "bo," has the most result pages for "box." Of course... that's a common word. "Bob" is also quite popular because it's a name. (Other combinations, like "boz," are much less popular.) Now you continue with "box." The most popular continuation here is "boxe," probably because it means "box" in French. "Boxe" continues to grow into "Boxer," and I'm satisfied with this result so I won't grow it again. The seed word, bo, has grown into a boxer.

Similarly, "g" turns into "good," "h" into "have," and "my" into "myself." The letter "a" turns into the more cryptic "attori."

You can also grow numbers. For example, a 1 grows into a 100000. 1900 grows into 190000. 55 to 5500. If you use 194 as seed number, you can grow it to 1945 – the year World War II ended.