Google AdWords' Keyword Tool is a wonderful SEO tool. Actually not only helpful for SEO, but for other situations when you need to choose keywords, for instance:
- when you want to define an AdWords campaign and want to choose the lowest paying keywords, with the highest traffic
- when you want to write articles/pages for your website/blog and want to have keywords suggestions on what you're writing, obviously choosing the ones that are the most searched for
- when you want to decide how to name your products/service with regards to purchasing a domain name based on a keyword - actually phrase for now since the best keyword domains are taken
- many other uses I cannot think of for now
I use it a lot, and a while back after searching for Japanese related information for a project I was doing, I thought of going to Google's AdWords keyword tool and do a search on Japanese related terms to see what are the most popular ones and what I should use. For using this tool, if you're not logged in with your Google account, you need to enter a captcha. Normally I don't try to figure out a meaning of the captcha, just put mechanically the letters in there, but this time it got my attention:
First of all, it caught my attention because I thought it meant ovari, and I chuckled. But, if you search for the term owari, you'll see that it actually means (as Wikipedia describes it):
Owari is a Japanese word meaning "The End" and is often found at the end of Japanese movies.
Google already sniffs through your searches, so that it knows better what ads to serve you in order to have a better click through. What I wonder if the "sniffing engine" also suggested to the captcha engine to generate something Japanese-friendly. Anyway, a long shot here, but you never know these days since Google knows about everything about our browsing habits, probably it knows what I did last summer too ... oh shi*.