Wildcard Word in a Phrase Now at Yahoo!
I am not sure when this happened, but Yahoo! now again appears to support the wildcard-word-within-a-phrase search technique, this time with an asterisk. Just use an asterisk * within a phrase search to match on any one word in that position. So, for example, to find "addictive semiconscious vice of biblioscopy" when you are not sure of the second word, search "addictive * vice of biblioscopy". Multiple stop words can be used as in "addictive * * of biblioscopy". Up to March 2005, Yahoo! used to support this by using a stop word like a in a phrase instead of the asterisk, but then it stopped working. I'm not sure when the asterisk started working, but now it does. I hope it is not just a short term experiment.