I know that by using regular expressions, the \b is a word boundary; it might be a space/tab/Crlf, or it might be punctuation...period comma exclamation semicolon etc.
using regualr expressions, you'd be able to grab x number of words, based on word boundaries.
that would be the best way to go, but I've only installed the extended stored procedures from the SSC Toolkit on SQL2000.
let me install on 2005 and test a few expressions.
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