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Which words do you own?–A Mom, a Blog, and the Life In-Between June 15, 2007

Posted by caveblogem in Blogs and Blogging, Haiku, linguistics, Other, vocabulary.

[Note: This is part of a continuing series on the actual vocabulary in use in the blogosphere.  Posts on this subject started here and will continue on a somewhat weekly basis. There is an interesting (to some) analysis of the most common words here.  And there is some discussion of method here and here.]

Anyway, the blog under the microscope today is A Mom, a Blog, and the Life In-Between, published by Tere.  Her word sample runs from April 2 to June 6, 2007.  Sample size was 28,685 words.  Tere added 445 words.  There were 3,904 different words in her sample, a little above the norm.

Here is a word cloud comprised of the words used more than twice by Tere but not at all by any of the other 24 blogs sampled thus far.


And here’s those words in a font called Flores:


Two reasons for that font.  First, Tere strongly recommends that husbands bring their wives flowers.  Second, it is the only other font I have that relates to Florida in some fashion.

And here’s the Venn diagram I usually make out of these words.  The left lobe consists of words that were new in the sample, that nobody else had used, sized relative to the frequency of use.  The middle lobe consists of words that everybody has used so far, sized according to how much more frequently Tere used them in the sample.  And the right lobe consists of only two words that everyone else sampled thus far has used, but that Tere did not. 


Here is another effort by my Haiku-generating algorithm, which crashed three times before coughing up this ecliptic gem.

Cheesecake on the odes,
dears of a year-and-a-half
re-edit mangoes.

Well, you get what you pay for here at PGoP, I always say. If you get cheesecake on the odes, you’ll probably find yourself re-editing mangoes sooner or later, if only to hide the embarassment on your face.  Whoops. . . Honey, I’d better see to the mango editing again.

As always, the vocabulary clouds and Haiku are the property of the volunteers, except that said volunteer may not have them taken off of my site but may otherwise do with them what they wish.  Thanks for participating, Tere!

Next up: another Floridian, “Klotz,” as in “Blood,” then Silverneurotic, somewhere in the mid-Atlantic U.S. before returning to the white-hot Floridian blogging scene with Searching for Normalcy, (which is very similar to Calvin Coolidge’s campaign slogan, if I’m not mistaken.)


1. silverneurotic - June 15, 2007

I’m really interested to see this blog now, I have to see why disloyal is used so often.

2. Steve - June 15, 2007

“Normalcy” — Harding, not Coolidge. Coolidge is the one who said “What this country needs is a good five cent cigar.” (Groucho, a cigar smoker, pointed out that what this country REALLY needs is a good five cent nickel).

Happy Father’s Day.

3. caveblogem - June 15, 2007

Harding, huh? Well, it is a wonder I passed my pre-lims.

4. Tere - June 20, 2007

I just realized you did me! YAY! Thanks!!

5. Dayngr - June 20, 2007

I love perusing these. My fellow Floridians are fantastic are they not?

6. Eric Ruhalter - March 4, 2011

I own these words I made up to help parents describe their kids. Words like:
WISHJACK v.: To blow out the candles on another child’s birthday cake.
SCOOZER n.: A child who only has something to say to you when you’re on the phone or in the bathroom.
GARBOFLAGE v.: To hide a piece of your child’s artwork under other trash in the wastebasket so they don’t catch you throwing it away.

Check out this video for more: http://youtu.be/tYbjqujLPgk Funny?

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