McMohan - 5:57 am on Nov 22, 2011 (gmt 0)
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.
Yet practically it is more or less same, just that Verbatim saves the time to type in quotes. If I am the kind that uses Verbatim search, I would know well to disable personalization anyway. And in reality I would hardly be looking for a phrase that Google can't return any result for? If there is no result for any out of the world phrase I come up with, Google wouldn't drop any words, but the quotes.