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Respondents often post data pertaining to how often a particular word is "hit" when an internet search is done to find out how many times it has actually been used. I have two concerns about this: 1. I question the accuracy of the searches, since it seems to me that not all "hits" are valid (for various reasons, especially the search engine's misinterpretation of a partial word as the whole word); 2. The validation of the word as correct (or accurate or appropriate) may not be directly linked to, nor genuinely (and logically) well supported by, the number of times it can be found on the internet.
Does anyone share these concerns, or have any other concerns about these searches? How much trust should we put in them? How highly should we value them?