Monday, November 5, 2018

24 Words in a Day: Frequencies from June 21, 2018*

In descending order of frequency, as analyzed by Dorian Rolston in the collected posts on our What Happened on June 21, 2018 project:
  1. Day (902)
  2. Time (694)
  3. Home (467)
  4. Work (436)
  5. People (375)
  6. Water (303)
  7. Bed (297)
  8. Morning (290)
  9. Husband (284)
  10. Room (279)
  11. Things (275)
  12. Car (272)
  13. Night (268)
  14. Friend (257)
  15. Dog (248)
  16. Summer (248)
  17. Life (246)
  18. Walk (242)
  19. Man (220)
  20. Book (209)
  21. Phone (202)
  22. Children (197)
  23. Head (194)
  24. Coffee (186)
* Compiled by a very amateur corpus linguist in AntConc, a free software he later learned is simply called “freeware.” Any errors owing to his being a complete novice, the list was lightly edited for content: no non-nouns (even pronouns, sorry “I (12,549)”), no repitions and reprisals (for instance, “Something (321)” was cut in favor of its more expressive—because at once more materialistic and vague—cousin), no mere thing-nouns where the greater idea-noun subsumes them (hence, “House (283)” dropped), no specific instances that don’t add anything to the general category (as in “Years (286)” and “Minutes (206)”). And with apologies to “Mother (175),” who should’ve been thanked way more frequently—on this day and every other.

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