rlange - 2:16 pm on Nov 21, 2011 (gmt 0)
OK, how do we tell this thing we want "kw1 kw2" +"kw3"
What substitutes for the +now?
Using verbatim, you'd search for ["kw1 kw2" kw3]. No need for the plus or quotes to force the inclusion of single words, because a verbatim search won't drop them to begin with.
Verbatim search just the normal search within quotes?
Nope. It's quite a bit more than that. For instance, using quotes in a standard search is still subject to personalization whereas a verbatim search is not. Besides, putting your entire query in quotes would have a standard search looking for a phrase containing those words if you're lucky. If you're not lucky, Google may decide on its own not to treat it like a phrase and drop words anyway.
I've noticed that today, I'm sure it wasn't like that yesterday.
Google offering a spelling correction? Yeah, that was there yesterday, too. One of the first searches I tried was for a misspelling of the word "something" and it offered the correct spelling at the top. (Bizarrely, though, the standard search isn't offering up the spelling correction for me.)