How Many Words Can You Use in a Google Search Query?

I used to think that Google only looked at the first eight words in a search query. I accidentally sent a longer search to Google today, from LaunchBar, and it told me this:


So it’s interesting to know that you can use up to 32 words. That seems like a lot, but if you’re looking for, say, a quote from a book, you may want to use that many.