The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.059  Thursday, 9 February 2012


From:        Jonathan Hope <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

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.


Happy searching!



[Editor’s Note: I second that. WordHoard is the work of Martin Mueller, SHAKSPERean and member of the SHAKSPER Book Review Panel. –Hardy]

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