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19 August, 2004

Wordcount

I suspect WordCount is already fairly well-known, but just in case anyone's missed it, here's a description from the 'About' page:

WordCount is an artistic experiment in the way we use language. It presents the 86,800 most frequently used English words [taken from the British National Corpus], ranked in order of commonality. Each word is scaled to reflect its frequency relative to the words that precede and follow it, giving a visual barometer of relevance. The larger the word, the more we use it. The smaller the word, the more uncommon it is.

Part of the fun is in the juxtaposition of words, apparently revealing hidden messages. An example given by the site is the sequence: "america ensure oil opportunity".
"Ministry" is followed by "knowing", which is rather appropriate considering the name of this blog!
The sequence "vehicles profession neil killing" might be read as a prophesy of my death, so I'm glad it proceeds: "alleged perspective".
H does better: "infection helen cleared survived".
Considering my sister is a surgeon, it's worrying to read: "experimental offences kate suspended".

Hours of fun!

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