+lakes +california +(largest OR "by size")
what are the 5 largest lakes in California
As much as we hate the new google that returns pages that don't contain our search terms, other people love it because it mostly just works for them.
The old Google, the Google where word order mattered and whereyou could use + or -, was hard to use for most people. AskJeeves' selling point was that you could just aski it natural language questions.
On bad days (I'm assuming some A/B-testing going on) it also ignores the verbatim option.
If you get worse results than you usually get, try reporting it (or reporting basically any problem) on the page.
For me at least it seems that magically within hours the problem is now gone.
In the beginning I thought they had fixed the issue I reported really quick. But after seing this happen again (and again) I think a better explanation is they have a systen that opts you out of the tests once you report a problem.
Personally I have moved on to DDG (and I have one browser with Qwant as the default) but this trick helped me a few times.