I was reading about options (the financial instruments), and found that both "option expiration date" and "option expiry date" are commonly used terms for the same thing. I decided I would use Google search result counts to try and get a quick sense of which term is more widely used.
So here are the searches I did:
option expiration date: 45,700,000
option expiry date (Search only for
option expiry date): 85,200,000
You don't need a degree in computer science to see that there's something wrong with those numbers. If (truncating now for concision)
expiry=85M, then how can
In general, can Google search result counts be relied upon to indicate ascendancy of terms?
(Note: I originally posted this on Stack Overflow at https://stackoverflow.com/questions/28378063/why-do-these-google-search-result-counts-appear-to-be-inconsistent, but got ripped to shreds for being off-topic, and now I've finally discovered Super User, which seems to be more appropriate for this question. Sorry for the duplicate post, and feel free to educate me on which sites should be used for which topics, or whatever.)