re: Then again, "5 lines up, 83 columns right, select the next word" is still faster with the mouse because you can just click there. ;-) Otherwise, I...

hehe you are right. Using counts is not very efficient. It's ok for 2-3 items but beyond that is more time consuming (it's just hard to count words/characters by just looking at them).

For that particular use case, you can use pattern searches:

?{pattern}<Enter> and you're there. That in combination with n/N to repeat last search forward or backward and it's pretty much instant.

?{pattern} to search upward and /{pattern} to search downward

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