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A head teacher ahead of his time 10 May 2009

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Scarcely over my rush of excitement at discovering tagcrowd and the much prettier wordle and analysing various texts (including the contents of this blog) with it, I am humbled to realise that I was introduced to exactly the same idea – word frequencies – by the head teacher at my primary school. This at the age of 10 (and that is a long time ago). It has stuck in my memory because he never taught us in the normal run of events. In retrospect I suppose he was guesting for a few lessons in order to do a sort of informal 11-plus on us. His chosen assessment tool was to take newspaper stories and calculate and compare word and letter frequencies.

By the way: how few verbs Tagcrowd brings up. That’s either because we all substantivise too much, or because we lazily only use common verbs which the software filters out.

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