Kelley Greenman on Mon, 23 May 2005 01:13:47 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime> Ranking words: Wordcount

I hadn't see anyone post about this site yet. ranks the 
most frequently used English words, scaling them in relation to other 
words. The about page explains more:

"WordCount was designed with a minimalist aesthetic, to let the information 
speak for itself. The interface is clean, basic and intuitive. The goal is 
for the user to feel embedded in the language, sifting through words like 
an archaeologist through sand, awaiting the unexpected find. Observing 
closely ranked words tells us a great deal about our culture. For instance, 
"God" is one word from "began", two words from "start", and six words from 
"war". Another sequence is "america ensure oil opportunity". Conspiracists 
unite! As ever, the more one explores, the more is revealed. Some of the 
best sequences people have sent me are here."

The rest is at:


"Be a scribe! Your body will be sleek, your hand
will be soft. You are one who sits grandly in your
house; your servants answer speedily; beer is poured
copiously; all who see you rejoice in good cheer.
Happy is the heart of him who writes; he is young
each day."

                 --Ptahhotep, Vizier to Isesi,
                   Fifth Egyptian Dynasty, 2300 BC                 

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