Just figured out that in MS Word when you put spaces between the ellipses, it counts them as separate words! The computer is off by 450 extra "words" from this glitch in the first 1/2 of my book. Grr and a half!
Even worse, when I went to some websites that claim they count words, they also count the separate periods plus counts contractions as two words. Gack my lunch!
The good news is, I don't have to worry AS much about pulling words from my novel, but it's still frustrating to know that an expensive program like MS Word isn't accurate.