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politcy  
von philistine (DE/ZA), 2015-07-21, 09:48  like dislike  Spam?  
Is it possible that google lists more than 21.000 typos of the word policy, or does the word politcy really exist? Among other subjects I've studied politics and have never come across this word, nor can I find it in any dictionary. I found the word in a quote from a book ("The tiny American press corps chipped away steadily at the total secrecy, which had become impossible politcy to sustain")...
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Politcy  #809714
von Sunblind-Duck (GB), Last modified: 2015-07-21, 10:40  like dislike  Spam?  
Looks like the intended word was 'policy'. I've never come across 'politcy'.
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YES  #809715
von uffie (GH/KI), Last modified: 2015-07-21, 10:40  like dislike  Spam?  
Google is terrible. We have the dictionary where people can suggest entries and others vote on it. We have found that simple Google hits are no guarantor for correct usage or grammar, let alone accuracy. Even 20,000 or 30,000 hits mean nothing.

Just for the fun of it, one of our contributors googled some nonsense word - and yes, he had plenty of results. This is one of the reasons why I use Yahoo instead. The other one is that you can restrict it to the UK. You can do that in Google as well but it's less efficient.

Try using inverted commas i.e. "policy" or "policy" site:uk (us, or whichever country you need). That improves results somewhat.
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Far from actually coming up with the 21,400 results Google initially claims, evidence of the currency of this typo boils down to a mere 384 hits   #809758
von Proteus-, 2015-07-21, 16:29  like dislike  Spam?  193.81.114...
About 21,400 results https://www.google.co.uk/#q=%22politcy%22+%22%22+%22%22+

Page 40 of about 384 results https://www.google.co.uk/#q=%22politcy%22+%22%22+%22%22&start=386

DO NOT TRUST GOOGLE AS TO THE NUMBER OF RESULTS GIVEN AT THE OUTSET. QUITE OFTEN THESE FIGURES AMOUNT TO CHILDISH BRAGGADOCIO!
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Amen  #809793
von uffie (GH/KI), 2015-07-21, 18:29  like dislike  Spam?  
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von philistine (DE/ZA), 2015-07-21, 20:26  like dislike  Spam?  
 #809815
Thanks guys. Of course I don't blindly trust search engines - I prefer to use my common sense. And I don't think it's a specific google problem, as I also found a lot of hits on other search engines - and I always search terms with inverted commas. But what is still weird is that politcy is a strange typo as the "t" is not next to any of the other letters, and the word even comes up in books, on government sites and academic papers - people copying other people's mistakes?
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von uffie (GH/KI), 2015-07-22, 08:04  like dislike  Spam?  
 #809848
interesting problem. I get no results when I search on Yahoo. https://uk.search.yahoo.com/search;_ylt=A9mSs3RJMq9VYGoAdrVLBQx.;_y...

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