Nerdy word fun

Carl Zimmer posted a excellent online word toy, Wordle. It makes word clouds out of any blog or book, with the most frequently used words the most prominent. Unlike the dignified “coli” of Zimmer’s book Microcosm or “species” of Darwin’s Origin, the Oyster’s Garter features “turd.” WOOHOO! POOP POWER! Anyone looking for dignity can gai kakhen afenyam.

Click the word cloud to go to the Wordle original


10 Responses to Nerdy word fun

  1. Sam says:

    The biggest word on my cloud? “Brian.” Because two of the most recent books I reviewed have characters named Brian. Yay coincidence!

    “Turd” is way more fun.

  2. Martini-Corona says:


    So what you’re saying is that, in your word cloud, “Brian” grew… grew, grew, and grew… grew up to be… GREW UP TO BE… a word called “Brian”?

    Mim, I think that word cloud is suitable for framing.

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