I wish to alter the default title 's' to another thing for that search widget of wordpress. So, essentially I will have to alter the widget template and also the handler that reads the GET input. Are you able to help me finding individuals two place rapidly please? Thanks.

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obtained from here: http://codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/get_search_form

Drop this function inside your theme's functions.php

function my_search_form( $form ) {

        $form = '<form role="search" method="get" id="searchform" action="' . home_url( '/' ) . '" >
        <div><label class="screen-reader-text" for="s">' . __('Search for:') . '</label>
        <input type="text" value="' . get_search_query() . '" name="s" id="s" />
        <input type="submit" id="searchsubmit" value="'. esc_attr__('Search') .'" />
        </div>
        </form>';

        return $form;
    }

    add_filter( 'get_search_form', 'my_search_form' );