Hi I would like your opinions on how much trust we should put in google when searching for language usages. I am a firm believer in the fact that there are enough nutters in cyberspace for most things to have been written - rightly or wrongly - at some point and so the fact that you find a certain number of examples of a certain usage is not necessarily proof that it is correct/acceptable or even remotely admitted as a possibility by native speakers. But how many hits showing a certain usage are necessary for us to say "whatever books on grammar, vocabulary or usage may say, it is clear that x or y usage/word/idiom is certainly said by a reasonable number of speakers?" In the French forum I just googled the supposedly French word "méditeur" which doesn't exist and had 135 hits (mostly misspellings of "médiateur" = "mediator"). Or would you say that that number of hits is enough to say that the word "méditeur" exists? What are the pitfalls of googling? Should you try to exclude sites written by foreign speakers in your target language? How would you go about that? It seems to me that google is a hugely useful and relevant source. But as with all statistical evidence you can prove pretty much whatever you want. What is the best way to get "clean" evidence?