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Search for multiple unrelated words in Google Search

I've noticed recently that Google force-feeds me certain results even if I explicitly demand that a particular keyword be included. For example, searching for:

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None of the returned results include the word "awful", though I was under the impression that + forces the word to appear in the results. Has this feature been deprecated by Google? If not, is there a way to perform a search that must include certain keywords?

(P.S. I sincerely apologize to fans of this comedian. I just had no examples handy that did not include him.)

  • @Alex, the answer is the same, but the question is quite different. Hopefully this question will at least act as a good signpost to that one if closed. – Kirk Woll Jun 16 '12 at 14:03
  • Agreed. While the answers are the same, the question itself is different and will help many people who are searching for it. Keep this question open. – SMBiggs Mar 21 '18 at 17:23

The plus sign no longer works in Google searches.

Use quotes to search for an exact word.


  • As at 2016, the quoting method described here does not work. Instead, Google appears to have changed their "Advanced Search". Access it via: google.com/advanced_search – Grant May 31 '16 at 15:25

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