This is a bit of nothing, just a quick homage to words, words in an attempt to portray the wonder of words. As readers and writers we have a love affair with words. We dance to their music in our ear and savor their delicious flavor in our mouths as we speak them. We delight in a new word or a clever combination of them.
One of the things that I’m often curious about is vocabulary. More specifically, how many different words have I used in a story? Are there any tools out there that people use? I write in MS Word. It gives a total count but it doesn’t tell me how many unique words I’ve used. I’ve played with a few different online tools. I’ll admit that I only did a few quick searches and tested just a small sampling, a handful or so, of different online tools. Of these, this was my favorite: http://wordcounttools.com/ Yeah, the name says it all.
So, do you have a favorite tool for word count? Is there a plug in for MS Word? A standalone tool that can take Word files? You see, I am both a word nerd and a number geek and these are the types of things that interest me.
(The above sample has 208 words, of which 117 are unique (I didn’t include the web site URL). I tried “The Halley Branch” and there were over 5200)
(BTW, I put up a so far unnoticed Smile Post today :) )