Remember the novelist, Frobisher, in David Lodge’s Small World (1984) whose favorite word turns out to be grease and all variant forms? This, along with some other facts about his style, paralyzes him from writing. It’s a shocking thing to discover which words we latch onto.
Wordle, created by Jonathan Feinberg, is my quick, fun/less demoralizing version of a word frequency check and a way to avoid Frobisher’s doom. If you don’t already know about Wordle, it generates interesting word clouds. Plug in your text to see the most frequent words display with the most prominence. You can play with fonts, colors and layout. The randomize button permits Jonathan’s program to generate options for you.
Here a few clouds based on some familiar text and stories: