The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.044 Thursday, 2 February 2012
Date: February 1, 2012 7:51:13 PM EST
Subject: Rare Words in Shakespeare
Does anyone know of an online resource for discovering all the “rare” words (by which I mean words Shakespeare used only once in all his works, such as “palliament” in Titus Andronicus and “aspersion” in The Tempest ) within a given play? My favorite site for checking on Shakespeare’s usage is Open Source, but those nifty programs will only tell me how often the particular word I’m searching was used within the canon. As far as I know, none of the options will give you a list of all the rare words in any given play.