Yahoo's search fail list includes 'swan flu'

Brack Obama, Susan Boil and Rod Steward

Yahoo has released its list of the most common search typos and errors – with 'Brittany Spears', 'Brack Obama' and, brilliantly, 'swan flu' among the most common errors.

Yahoo's list is from the US market, which affords us the luxury of giggling at gems such as 'Dancing with the Starts' and the 'configure worm'.


But the likes of Susan Boil (instead of Boyle, of course) and Rod Steward (Stewart) add a nice cross-Atlantic flavour to proceedings.

And we reckon must be doing rather well for itself considering the misspelling of MySpace is in the list.

"These things jump out at us, especially when there is a breaking news story and (Yahoo users) want to follow up on a story," Yahoo Buzz's Vera Chan told USA Today. "It's interesting to see the different variations of these spellings."

TechRadar is surprised that the misspelling of Yahoo as Microhoo appears to be missing from the list.

Brack Obama (for Barack Obama)
Swan Flu (for Swine Flu)
Susan Boil (for Susan Boyle)
Paperview boxing (for pay-per-view boxing)
Arlene Specter (for Arlen Specter)
Brittany Spears (for Britney Spears)
Configure worm (for Conficker worm)
Mysapce (for MySpace)
Wallmart (for retailer Wal-Mart)
Rod Steward (for Rod Stewart)
Dancing With the Starts (for Dancing With the Stars)

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