Sunday, March 10, 2013

Things You Learn

I'm working on designing an experiment on phonaesthemes and frequency and monitoring and it's all very fascinating stuff (no, seriously, it's great), and I'm using the Corpus of Contemporary American English for frequency counts. It's proven very enlightening. For example, "glowy" only appears 21 times in 450 million words, a frequency of 0.05 words per million, which is tiny. And yet 21 posts (now, 22) on this blog contain that word, which means I've used it at least 21 times just on here!

Apparently, the sources for COCA don't include beauty blogs.

That's all.
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