The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.059 Thursday, 9 February 2012
Date: February 9, 2012 9:57:18 AM EST
Subject: RE: Rare words in Shakespeare
Another way to get at rare (and common) words in Shakespeare is to use WordHoard - which I rate as the best Shakespeare analysis site available:
the interface is very good, and the manual is excellent.
If you look in the manual for the ‘lexicon’ feature:
you will find that this gives you a list of all words in Shakespeare with their frequency counts - you can order this list by ‘count’ to see all once-only words.
Double clicking on a word takes you to summary information on that word and (eventually with more clicks), the word's location in a text.
[Editor’s Note: I second that. WordHoard is the work of Martin Mueller, SHAKSPERean and member of the SHAKSPER Book Review Panel. –Hardy]