Word Clouds: proportional summaries of user comment histories and thread contents. September 17, 2007 5:33 PM   Subscribe

New toy: Word Clouds, a script that creates a proportionally-sized list of user- or thread-specific words used relatively frequently compared to the (approximate) mefi average.

Put in a username or number and it'll work against that user (pretty much the same as MarkovFilter works); select a subsite from the dropdown menu and paste in a numeric thread id and it'll give you a sort of summary of the thread.

For example, Astro Zombie 3, or the recent pick-up artist thread on the blue.

Right now, it's working against a frequency table calculated against the last 200,000 comments on each of the blue, green, and grey, which comes out to about a forty million word corpus—which is still only a fraction of the total mefi database, but it's good enough for now. (The practical implication there is that the frequency reflects the last year or two of mefi vocab, so anything that used to be generally topical five years ago but isn't so much now will be underrepresented in the main frequency table.)

Any suggestions, notes, ideas, problems, etc are welcome. Hopefully there aren't any, but if you discover any sort of security issue, drop me an email.
posted by cortex to MetaFilter-Related at 5:33 PM (152 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite

It treats two/words as one word. That's kind of weird.
posted by philomathoholic at 5:38 PM on September 17, 2007


Yeah, there are a number of slighty weird artifacts of the parsing; currently, I slurp out a whole bunch of punctuation, but there are still some issues there, and the way that certain things (like domain names, etc) get collapsed into single tokens is odd too.
posted by cortex (staff) at 5:40 PM on September 17, 2007


Okay, so why am I getting prices as my top words ---> $19000 $975 120-volt 50-state
posted by yhbc at 5:46 PM on September 17, 2007


I use the word "favouriting" a lot. Huh.
posted by liquorice at 5:47 PM on September 17, 2007


yhbc: you think you've got it bad? My biggest word seems to be "chickory".
posted by boo_radley at 5:55 PM on September 17, 2007


Three of the words for quonsar are variations on "bwahaha."
posted by grouse at 5:58 PM on September 17, 2007


Hmm, but you do have a lot of random prices, sizes and miscellaneous measurements, too ---> $600-$1000 $bar $z --of -65 01jpg 02jpg 1832 1852 76k

cortex, perhaps those types of "words" aren't really appropriate to include in your sample?
posted by yhbc at 5:58 PM on September 17, 2007


Why is this word on my cloud? I barely ever say that! I don't even remember saying that!

Good question!

The way this works is relative frequency. Each user uses some given word x times out y total comments; x/y is that user's frequency for that word. The word "the", for example: pretty much everyone uses that between four and five times every 100 words, on average.

Now, consider how often (x') that given word gets used out of a giant pile of words from millions of words (y') in hundreds of thousands of comments. That value, x'/y', is what you could call the corpus frequency: it's the "average" frequency for our great big randomish sample of mefi vocabulary.

Now if you divide your frequency by the corpus frequency, you get a proportional frequency. The bigger that is, the higher on your personal list a word will get. The stuff at the very top is what makes the list.

So, because everybody uses "the" at more or less the same rate, you'll never see "the" on a cloud, because the frequency is something very close to 1:1. By comparison, the top items on individual users' lists are usually somewhere between 250:1 and 10000:1, depending on the size of their commenting history. (Bigger histories—longer-time or more prolific users—tend to have smaller peak values, but the tag cloud doesn't really reflect that information. Imagine one word being ten thousand times as big as another, and you can see why.)

So there are a few different ways a word can end up on your cloud:
- you have used it a few times, and it's very uncommon (perhaps a proper noun, or an unusual misspelling, or strange non-word string)
- you have used it a whole dang lot, and it's fairly uncommon
- something is totally broken.

I'm not ruling out that third option, but the first two tend to cover every oddity I've found; googling metafilter for an odd string will usually turn it up.

So what's with all the numbers at the top of the list? What about that, huh?

The list is sorted "alphabetically"; many punctuation characters, as well as numbers, are lower in the display alphabet order of Perl than actual alphabetic characters, so the show up first. Also, since punctuation-laden strings are pretty uncommon compared to dictionary words and common names, they tend to make the list if you've used 'em a few times or even once or twice, because pretty much no one else has.
posted by cortex (staff) at 6:04 PM on September 17, 2007 [1 favorite]


Yeah I'm getting a bunch of weird stuff too like "2153 8702 941". Is this the same thing you were messing with in IRC a couple nights ago? This one seems completely different.
posted by puke & cry at 6:04 PM on September 17, 2007


And nevermind....
posted by puke & cry at 6:04 PM on September 17, 2007


cortex, perhaps those types of "words" aren't really appropriate to include in your sample?

Yeah, it's a tuning issue—continuing to refine the stripper/parser to focus on more properly word-like results is part of the plan.
posted by cortex (staff) at 6:05 PM on September 17, 2007


About half of the words in my user-id wordcloud are mis-spelt.

*hangs head in shame*
posted by lekvar at 6:07 PM on September 17, 2007


W3ll, s0 1t do3sn't t3ll me a f00king th1ng ab0ut t4e w0rds I m16ht r3ally u53, th3n; r1g4t?
posted by yhbc at 6:08 PM on September 17, 2007


cortex, why so many toys? I am not over the bizarre joy that is Markov. Some people are self-employed okay? There is no uber-boss to stop me from playing for hours. Do you want me to never ever ever ever work again? If I get kicked out of my house, I blame you.
posted by typewriter at 6:09 PM on September 17, 2007


The word most associated with my account is "Favorite".
posted by Poolio at 6:11 PM on September 17, 2007


... My biggest word seems to be "chickory."

Small world, boo_radley: jessamyn's worldcloud includes "chickenfucking."
posted by rob511 at 6:12 PM on September 17, 2007 [3 favorites]


STOP OPENING US UP TO THIS WORLD OF REALIZATION ABOUT THE CRAP WE POST CORTEX!
posted by gomichild at 6:12 PM on September 17, 2007


My biggest word is 'mwuh'. What. The. Fuck.
posted by phaedon at 6:12 PM on September 17, 2007


Sweet. Without this, I would never have known that I am famous for saying "Borf".
posted by sfenders at 6:17 PM on September 17, 2007


There's also the deliberate obfuscation factor to consider.

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posted by yhbc at 6:18 PM on September 17, 2007 [2 favorites]


Actually, my biggest word is "chuckdarwin"... with "ghey" a close second.

Not that there's anything wrong with that!
posted by Poolio at 6:18 PM on September 17, 2007


Three of the words for quonsar are variations on "bwahaha."

But "smock" didn't make the cut.

I like saying "smock", too. Smock, smock, smock, smock, smock. Smock.
posted by yhbc at 6:23 PM on September 17, 2007 [1 favorite]


proportionally-sized list of user- or thread-specific words used relatively frequently compared to the (approximate) mefi average.


I'm not afraid to admit that I have no idea what that means. Could you speak a little slower and louder?
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 6:23 PM on September 17, 2007




Okay, "smock" is used enough by the MeFi population at large that my gratuitous repetition of it didn't cause it to show up in my cloud. Unlike "rutabaga".
posted by yhbc at 6:25 PM on September 17, 2007


My search comes back with, among other words, "bésame, Beyoncé." Not bad.
posted by micayetoca at 6:30 PM on September 17, 2007


apparently I say my own name a lot.
posted by desjardins at 6:31 PM on September 17, 2007


But micayetoca, if enough of us say bésame and Beyoncé, they will become part of the common vernacular, and each will fall out of your word cloud.

Like a delicate snowflake, ironically enough.
posted by yhbc at 6:36 PM on September 17, 2007


I considered checking for usernames in the list and autolinking them to a search for said user, but it was a little extra effort and didn't seem like it'd add anything in particular to this. But being able to see how folks use other folks' handles is one of the more interesting first-blush results from this, and has given me a couple ideas about social mapping analysis.

That great contacts chart someone did a while back could be done sans-scraping and fast, for example—and that could be compared with a quote-based analysis to see how different patterns of interaction occur. There's a lot of exciting aggregate-data-crunching possibilities here.
posted by cortex (staff) at 6:38 PM on September 17, 2007


cortex writes "So there are a few different ways a word can end up on your cloud:
"- you have used it a few times, and it's very uncommon"


Ah so that's why so many user names appear on my list. In fact I'd estimate 70-80 percent of my list is user names or misspellings.

yhbc writes "I like saying 'smock', too. Smock, smock, smock, smock, smock. Smock."

Me too which is probably why it's not showing up.
posted by Mitheral at 6:51 PM on September 17, 2007


Secretariat and I are now playing "guess the askme question", as she reads the wordcloud (with volume modulation) to a thread id chosen at random.

It's actually a pretty good time.
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:04 PM on September 17, 2007


apparently I say my own name a lot.
posted by desjardins at 6:31 PM on September 17 [+] [!]


Apparently, I say your name a lot!

(But I think I was probably referring to local chef Tracy DesJardins... you're not her are you?)
posted by trip and a half at 7:05 PM on September 17, 2007


I think it would be interesting to see one that didn't care how uncommon the word was. My results were all basically rare words I used once.
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim at 7:11 PM on September 17, 2007


for some reason, when I do my username, in the cloud I get a bunch of other usernames and numbers:
"$107 +fave 1029 1044 1054 1055 1117 1148 1228 1241 1253 2017 50-100% 908 acknoweldge aristole ashlar baby_balrog balisong..."

etc.
posted by Pastabagel at 7:12 PM on September 17, 2007


One that didn't care how uncommon the word was would look like this, though:

the
a
an
is
of
to
in

etc. Rarity is the information factor here; though it'd be possible to do an analysis that focused per-user on relatively high-frequency occurance of common words, you'd still get a fairly boring list for anyone who was using anything resembling well-structured English. Common words are boring little words that no one thinks about, basically.
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:13 PM on September 17, 2007


Huh. Apparently I talk about 2XL a lot. He was the coolest 8-track tape playing robot ever. So that makes sense.
posted by jrossi4r at 7:22 PM on September 17, 2007


Though it might not be a bad idea to ignore the very bottom row and only calc for things that have been said at least twice...
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:23 PM on September 17, 2007


Doesn't seem to work with my username or ID number.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 7:25 PM on September 17, 2007


Doesn't seem to work with my username or ID number.

Did you select "user" from the drop-down menu?
posted by Poolio at 7:26 PM on September 17, 2007


True enough.
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim at 7:29 PM on September 17, 2007


I don't like this, please remove it.
posted by moift at 7:33 PM on September 17, 2007 [1 favorite]


How can /dev/boyband *NOT* be my biggest word?
posted by sequential at 7:41 PM on September 17, 2007


All this tells me is that I talk about myself a lot. This is not news.
posted by Eideteker at 7:42 PM on September 17, 2007


abdulaziz aswan ataturks attaturk ba-dum-bum baglady bandstand bass/vocal bassey biko bon-bon borat brownshoe buttafuoco castmember chuckdarwin clowny crispins dagnabbed daisey diz doreen dorr dressage elayne etruscans ewwwwwwww famewhore favoriting fogerty gidget headscarf headscarves iphone kabab lawford leastwise lordi martindale maryh mysterys ooof scepter shmegegge testosterone-fueled tinnitis vronsky youtube zout †††††and

I'm confused by mine. Who is "abdulaziz?" And why am I so fond of Attaturk & bon-bons? Not to mention that I first spoke of Gidget only just today, and I only mentioned Tenspeed & Brownshoe ONE TIME, like a year ago. So... huh?

All of that said, at least it remembered how much I hate John Fogerty.... damn that crusty old rocker dude.
posted by miss lynnster at 8:01 PM on September 17, 2007


According to my word cloud, I'm obsessed with mr_stru and baby_balrog. And you know what? I am!
posted by Kattullus at 8:03 PM on September 17, 2007


And I'm sorry, but I don't have any reason to talk about Peter Lawford. But I do talk about Egypt and arabic and design and jazz singing a lot... so where are those words? Huh? HUH!??? ANSWER ME!
posted by miss lynnster at 8:04 PM on September 17, 2007


I find it odd that "kabaddi" is one of the largest words in my cloud, but "manitoba" doesn't appear at all.
posted by dersins at 8:13 PM on September 17, 2007


How can /dev/boyband *NOT* be my biggest word?

That was 2004 when you said that; the corpus only reaches back to probably some time around the turn of 06/07, and the script will only include words in a cloud if they occur at least once in that currently incomplete corpus as well as the user's history.

I'm confused by mine. Who is "abdulaziz?"

Somebody you mentioned when you were dropping some wiki SCIENCE on us.

It appears that Word Clouds is, like MarkovFilter, an engine for turning userids into reminders of things you'd forgotten you said. Which is my kind of fun, pretty much.
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:18 PM on September 17, 2007


I'm not sure I want to know why "auto-fellatio" and "chili-dog" figure so prominently in my word cloud....
posted by spilon at 8:31 PM on September 17, 2007


Weird. It picks up "Baader," but not "Meinhof."
posted by Iridic at 8:49 PM on September 17, 2007


perhaps those types of "words" aren't really appropriate to include in your sample?

Are you trying to invalidate my contribution to MetaFilter?
"10khz 10km 13w 192khz 2-prong 2005fpw 200w 20khz 60w 865pe 96khz"
posted by Chuckles at 8:53 PM on September 17, 2007


Did you select "user" from the drop-down menu?

Not until you suggested it. Thanks!
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 9:08 PM on September 17, 2007


I think that my word cloud reveals way too much about me, what with fireflys, lolipops, longboats, percocet, pinapple, playschool, prostatitis, quarter, ru-486, sh-boom, shirelles,(mood music, I suppose), transcriptionist, unpredictible, and throwing in a former waitress. Sounds like the story of quite an interesting party could be made out of those words!

I too am embarrased by misspellings.
posted by Iamtherealme at 9:18 PM on September 17, 2007


I like saying "smock", too. Smock, smock, smock, smock, smock. Smock.

Being a C&H fan too, I've used that joke on a number of different words. "encephalopathy" being the most frequent one, apparently.

Bovine spongiform encephalopathy, Bovine spongiform encephalopathy, Bovine spongiform encephalopathy, Bovine spongiform encephalopathy!
posted by carsonb at 9:21 PM on September 17, 2007


I would like to meet other users who have similar rare words to me, for long walks and possible LTR.
posted by 31d1 at 9:32 PM on September 17, 2007


Super nice; I think I need to make a shirt of mine.
posted by freebird at 9:49 PM on September 17, 2007


Bleh. Mine kinda sucks.

I thought it was borked at first but.
posted by CitrusFreak12 at 10:04 PM on September 17, 2007


So I've thought about the problem with weird "I only said that once" outliers (such as these), and I've made a change to the script to try and mitigate that somewhat. It's not perfect, but it reduces the impact of that stuff by taking a threshold that scales to a given user's (or thread's) total word count and demotes somewhat words that occur less than the threshold number of times. In some cases, this knocks the weird non-word stuff out of the running, or at least makes it less prominent than some real-word tokens.

And it uses logarithms, which, I mean, that's just awesome that I have an excuse to do that. I think we all owe my high school math teacher an apology.
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:11 PM on September 17, 2007 [1 favorite]


Ah, much better now.

Is there any information theory in this and the Markov stuff or just probability? Cause if you were using info. theory that would be just awesome. (If info theory is involved I want the next tool to tell me the entropy of users/posts.)
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim at 10:20 PM on September 17, 2007


all mine ever does is Can't take log of 0 at C:/metafilter sites/stuff.metafilter.com/cloud/cloud.cgi line 142.

i demand a refund.
posted by quonsar at 10:28 PM on September 17, 2007


This is freakin' awesome. Or, as I've apparently said before, "Alsihad applauds w00t wart xlnt yesh (zimmer�)!"

and everything in between...
posted by Lynsey at 10:28 PM on September 17, 2007


Honestly, I don't think I know enough information theory to explain how little I know about information theory. I've never studied it, per se, though some may have crept in via systems analysis and such of the sort I dealt with in the course of my undergrad comp-sci stuff (where I was focused a bit more on software/application courses than pure comp-sci, generally).

So I'm not sure if I can really answer the question competently, though I think I can answer it correctly: no, it's all pretty much stripped-down to probability at the moment. Fast, dumb models that do the 90%.

I have some less gimmicky, more analytical ideas brewing—things that aren't so much raw stats crunching so much as information extraction as far as interactions and whatnot—but those are a lot harder to put together than some of the stuff I've got so far.
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:33 PM on September 17, 2007


quonsar: shit, good catch—need to fix that for threads.

But pull the menu down to "user" and it'll work for you.
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:35 PM on September 17, 2007


This is a boon for at least the fact that I'm now aware of three egregious and common misspellings of mine that will henceforth be nonexistent. Thanks!
posted by Ethereal Bligh at 10:56 PM on September 17, 2007


I love toys. Thanks, Mr Cortex! You're always aces in my books!
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 11:11 PM on September 17, 2007


[this is good]

Man, I talk a lot of shit. I do notice; however, that words like fuck don't seem to come up for anyone, highlighting what a foul-mouthed bunch we are.
posted by dg at 11:38 PM on September 17, 2007


I like my new list of words. Except now it includes the word "bjs".
posted by liquorice at 1:35 AM on September 18, 2007


I'd like to think that my word cloud is not representative of me. "doomed-to-fail" is really big. Also, my user name, shmegegge's and "brokeback" are very close in size.
posted by brundlefly at 2:44 AM on September 18, 2007


Nothing spooky about the fact that the new logarithmic list of words threw up "jonathanbell" when I'm meeting a "Jonathan Bell" for the first time today.

Nope! Nothing spooky at all!

hold me mommy!
posted by Kattullus at 4:44 AM on September 18, 2007


Mine was a mixture of Chinese place-names, Buddhism and English crudity. May I always be known thus.
posted by Abiezer at 5:05 AM on September 18, 2007




I'm still getting $19000 and $975 in my cloud, and I can't find where I have ever mentioned those two prices anywhere on MetaFilter.

Except twice in this thread of course, so maybe it's a self-fulfilling prophecy.
posted by yhbc at 5:19 AM on September 18, 2007


Yeah, I'm a little boggled too, commish. My guess is that there's some sort of punctuation munging going on, such that some string that wasn't precisely "$19000" got collapsed down to such by the parser, etc. I'll have to do a bit or research. The overall handling of punctuation stripping is something that needs some work, period.
posted by cortex (staff) at 6:21 AM on September 18, 2007


jrossi4r: 2XL is on my list too! 2XL was so cool he used to take other 8-track tape playing robots out the back and just stare at them, red eyes glowing slightly in his habitual static hum, until they acquiesced to provide him with spare parts whenever necessary. That's why you never saw too many others.
posted by Sparx at 6:26 AM on September 18, 2007


The em dash in the more inside in this post has broken the RSS feed. Any chance of an edit?
posted by cillit bang at 6:33 AM on September 18, 2007


I am not surprised to see "Utahns" in my cloud. On the other hand, "chinpokomon" and "amirite" are weird.

Also, "haughey"? That's unusual enough to make the list? Unfuckingbelievable.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 6:33 AM on September 18, 2007


Awesome. My biggies include "Banksy", "Galloway", "Darwinists", "phenotypic" and "ridiculous-looking". Hmmm.
posted by flashboy at 6:34 AM on September 18, 2007


Ah, it's "haughey'", with the apostrophe.

I still don't get it.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 6:40 AM on September 18, 2007


Three of the biggest words on my list are "cranky", "audioblogs" and "Zardoz", which sounds about right.
posted by The Card Cheat at 7:05 AM on September 18, 2007


You default to thread #19762 if a thread id isn't entered. This doesn't work for MeTa.
posted by middleclasstool at 7:16 AM on September 18, 2007


Yeah, I put that in when I was working on mefi-only code. I should either (a) do a subsite-specific default or (b) better, go to a random thread as default. But that's a bit more work.
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:26 AM on September 18, 2007


Huh, my biggest word is "maguey". What the hell is a maguey?
posted by rottytooth at 7:48 AM on September 18, 2007


A really good restaurant on Houston, apparently.
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:49 AM on September 18, 2007


I've got a couple words with apostrophes at the end, mr_crash_davis. I think I must have been quoting something, using single quotes which have attached themselves to the end of the word in the parsing process to make them unique.
posted by jacalata at 7:51 AM on September 18, 2007


My results were all basically rare words I used once.

Yeah, ditto. Though seeing that big CHOMPY on the screen was sort of fun.
posted by CunningLinguist at 7:52 AM on September 18, 2007


And the only username in my cloud is mullac's. He's right next to macaca.
posted by CunningLinguist at 7:53 AM on September 18, 2007


Aha! That's what I get for moving out of the neighborhood. That was good Mexican food!
posted by rottytooth at 7:54 AM on September 18, 2007


My biggest words are 'amirite' and 'metaphysicians'. Well. AMIRITE, METAPHYSICIANS? LOL!
posted by Kwine at 8:10 AM on September 18, 2007


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posted by KevinSkomsvold at 8:11 AM on September 18, 2007


I'm sorry but this thing rocks:

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posted by KevinSkomsvold at 8:15 AM on September 18, 2007


Word cloud for user quonsar
...
bwahahahahahaha
bwahahahahahahahahahahaha
bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
...


lol
posted by mr_crash_davis at 8:28 AM on September 18, 2007


trip and a half: I can barely make toast.
posted by desjardins at 8:29 AM on September 18, 2007


This opens the door to fun little games like
Name the thread: concealing coney consorting cooter
and
Name the mefite: amirite chatfiltery judgeme sexplay sidebarred
posted by Wolfdog at 8:30 AM on September 18, 2007


Honestly, I don't think I know enough information theory to explain how little I know about information theory.

You might be interested if you ever have the chance, it uses logarithms too. And it lets you figure out when you have half a bit of information.
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim at 8:36 AM on September 18, 2007


## ### #### ###### ######### 888 88888888888 888b

I guess the #'s can be attributed to my ASCII antics but I can't seem to find comments that include copious numbers of 8's...
posted by CitrusFreak12 at 8:45 AM on September 18, 2007


“Name the mefite: amirite chatfiltery judgeme sexplay sidebarred

jessamyn
posted by Ethereal Bligh at 10:00 AM on September 18, 2007


Wow. A list of my most frequently miss-spelled words. Thanks :P
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posted by shmegegge at 10:09 AM on September 18, 2007


Yeah, that one wasn't too hard, but you get the idea.
I like to think I would be identifiable by "bodom, branes, egy, homotopy, poincare, polyhedra, rautavaara, schoenberg, scorps" but I doubt it. I think my little cloud does give a pretty accurate picture of me, though.
posted by Wolfdog at 10:14 AM on September 18, 2007


According to this web doo-dad, I am a fuck-witted bare-knuckle anti-turkish chav who likes sushi-grade tallboys.
posted by jason's_planet at 10:44 AM on September 18, 2007


Weird, apparently I say brundlefly's name a lot.

And I'm really surprised that stab didn't make my list, because I so frequently talk about how much I like to stab things. I mean, I can't go five comments without bringing up my love of all things stab related. Hell, I'd stab any one of you just for the amusement of seeing how you'd react. In fact, I'll take a stab in the dark here and say that stab is probably my favorite word.

stab.
posted by quin at 10:45 AM on September 18, 2007


A list of words I used once on metafilter.
Hm.
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posted by slogger at 10:56 AM on September 18, 2007


"magazines tangibly birdwatching" are the most common for "askme" and "relationship".

I love that.
posted by misha at 10:58 AM on September 18, 2007


Nearly every word in delmoi's cloud is misspelled. Hah.
posted by tehloki at 11:17 AM on September 18, 2007 [1 favorite]


Weird, apparently I say brundlefly's name a lot.

Back at you, actually.
posted by brundlefly at 11:21 AM on September 18, 2007


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posted by item at 12:06 PM on September 18, 2007


Does amirite get included in everyone's cloud by default? Because I never say that, but it's in mine.
posted by desuetude at 12:12 PM on September 18, 2007


Not so, desuetude.
posted by desjardins at 12:25 PM on September 18, 2007


There is a certain poetic beauty to these...

non-overlapping nut-job pastabagel pickaxe
posted by Mister_A at 12:35 PM on September 18, 2007


Seconded, item. lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard
posted by tehloki at 12:39 PM on September 18, 2007


So if enough of us say lametard, it won't appear on anyone's page. lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard lametard
posted by Aloysius Bear at 12:43 PM on September 18, 2007


I'm proud to report both "motherfucking" and "motherfucker" are in mine.

Motherfuckers.
posted by BeerFilter at 12:51 PM on September 18, 2007


Why is shmegegge in every word cloud?
posted by Mister_A at 12:55 PM on September 18, 2007


is it really?! because no one ever spells my name right, EVER. it's even in my word cloud, spelled properly and everything, and I rarely say my own name. I don't correct people on the spelling or anything.
posted by shmegegge at 12:59 PM on September 18, 2007


Not so, desuetude.
posted by desjardins at 3:25 PM on September 18 [+] [!] Other [3/3]: «≡·


Okay. But, well, *I* didn't say it. Sigh.
posted by desuetude at 1:17 PM on September 18, 2007


Why is shmegegge in every word cloud?
posted by Mister_A at 3:55 PM on September 18 [+] [!] Other [2/2]: «≡·


Not in mine, Mister_A.
posted by desuetude at 1:19 PM on September 18, 2007


I found it strange that shmegegge was in shmegegge's word cloud.

The one for Pot and for Kettle seem like they're desperately trying to communicate something.
posted by Iamtherealme at 1:26 PM on September 18, 2007


2XL is on my list too!
It's like a secret cult.
posted by jrossi4r at 1:33 PM on September 18, 2007


I found it strange that shmegegge was in shmegegge's word cloud.

I'm in my own word cloud. "brundlefly" is the biggest word, actually.

*returns to gazing at navel*
posted by brundlefly at 1:41 PM on September 18, 2007


There's a lot of Danish words in mine alongside stuff like Ballerburg, IMNSHO, Lordi, mixtape and shitfaced. Seems about right.
posted by sveskemus at 1:48 PM on September 18, 2007


smorgasboard smorgasboard smorgasboard smorgasboard smorgasboard smorgasboard smorgasboard smorgasboard smorgasboard

Congratulations, slogger. You've just ensured that a misspelling appears in very large type in your word cloud.
posted by dersins at 1:53 PM on September 18, 2007


a misspelling appears in very large type in your word cloud.

Oh, for fuck's sake.

Hoist to my own god damned petard.

"smorgasboard" indeed.

Stupid quoting.
posted by dersins at 1:56 PM on September 18, 2007 [1 favorite]


If you've quoted somebody one or two times, the word cloud kind of makes you look like a stalker.
posted by empath at 2:02 PM on September 18, 2007


funniest thing about pot and kettle is that the word "black" doesn't appear anywhere in their word clouds.
posted by shmegegge at 2:04 PM on September 18, 2007 [2 favorites]


my spelling of thigns appears to be a top hit. Also sexplay and amirite, AMIRITE?
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 2:11 PM on September 18, 2007


Ooh, mine's so spy-movie, far-off sounding:

$2700 -355 -same 1108 787 airlinersnet airtran bahasa banh beachy bosporus britrail bucharest celta dakar dortmund europe-wide facebook fredrick germanwings hollywood/highland ib krakow lapl laxs lhr lingus lucha makan malaga marrakesh mega-mart mega-resorts much-reduced native-english nok ombuds phrasebook post-1900 riga skyscanner tallinn taxes/fees tfa transiting warmish wonkery zakat zocalo �59
posted by mdonley at 2:27 PM on September 18, 2007


* wonders who dersins' sockpuppet is that was supposed to say the first thing about the misspelling *
posted by yhbc at 2:42 PM on September 18, 2007


Huh? No, just pointing out that by quoting slogger's misspelling, I managed to insert the same misspelling into my own word cloud.

/me is sockpuppet free.
posted by dersins at 2:44 PM on September 18, 2007


Ah, I see now.

Pardon the "j'accuse"!
posted by yhbc at 2:45 PM on September 18, 2007


I'm quoting myself here when I say "longsleeve fondant." And I mean it.
posted by rmless at 2:49 PM on September 18, 2007


my spelling of thigns appears to be a top hit.

You keep using that word. I do not thign it means what you thign it means.
posted by dersins at 3:00 PM on September 18, 2007


Why am I the only person on here who talks about "arousals"? You people need to get out more.
posted by ikkyu2 at 3:54 PM on September 18, 2007


Why am I the only person on here who talks about "arousals"?
Because some of us still believe in Facta, non verba, old man.
posted by Wolfdog at 4:20 PM on September 18, 2007


Ars longa, vita brevis, my old man.
posted by ikkyu2 at 4:40 PM on September 18, 2007


aaa+ amirite backgrounders bethel biddingfortravel boxboro btgog chatfiltery chickenfucking commetns couchsurfingcom crapfloods deadlink detemine dioss extractions favoriting get-started gfriend greasemonkey haivng htink hysterectomies iphone judgeme kayakcom killington medicalizing metadiscussion mid-course myabe netlibrary paraprofessionals pba pecadillos rememebr sexplay sidebarred sirstan suggester tellurian thigns thirteenkiller transpo unalog untagged updatefilter usapa viceland youtube

htink!
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 4:44 PM on September 18, 2007


allmans archness assholedom bardic bensonhurst billyburg bloodbrothers bramlett dirtynumb dosent fattys fratboys gay-freindly gayfolk girlschool hardin headbanger ice-t immensley legitamite legnth manitobas marraiges mrgrimm mrsjonmc muddleheaded muldaur nonna ntm nwobhm oreilley polack preist privilige pro-law randal refferring ruralites santamaria sayles sayles' scorchers sqvirrel tr33hugger unironically veiw veiwed veiws vh waterbugs

uh-huh.
posted by jonmc at 4:49 PM on September 18, 2007


Auribus lupum tenes...
posted by Wolfdog at 4:58 PM on September 18, 2007


Gorn is one of my most used words, in proportion to the total number of words I've said?
posted by jonson at 5:19 PM on September 18, 2007


It is now.
posted by dersins at 5:40 PM on September 18, 2007


-gt amirite apostolic atlases balisong bardic beuys bingregory bolsheviks braxton caliphs cgc373 cossack dand darfur dickish dioss doozer duma d’ ett hittite imperfective ismaili ital jerrold khazars killebrew learn' levantine loanwords longboat mandelshtam mihail myl okrent partick postthanks proletarian pullum rebetika recondite salaams schleicher shiites shmegegge thirteenkiller westphalia wordoriginsorg yall'

Ismaili Cossack Bolshevik Hittite Khazars from Westphalia in the longboat, y'all!

Hey, what's that guy doing in there?

*shoves shmegegge out of longboat*
posted by languagehat at 6:03 PM on September 18, 2007


Well, fine; since everyone else is doing it now:

$19000 $975 120-volt 50-state 9622s activator ashlar bame blackanvil blackfly blackfrancis blacknut burma-shave churl cowered cuitlacoche ecosphere eh-oh frassa gargamel giorgio girlinblack hel-lo horsey http//wwwwhateverlinkblah/blahhtml icee ickes idiosycratic iminent kum-by-ya loled matt-phone mitterand neu1 neu2 no-salt oklahomans recentcomments rutabaga sampson sea-monkeys selina shmassa siteswwwmetafiltercomfrontmefi truth-teller velvethellvis voynich woodchucks woolgathering wronging

and you people have completely skewed the "longboat" distribution in MeTa thread 14917, you know
posted by yhbc at 7:15 PM on September 18, 2007


Wow. A list of my most frequently miss-spelled words. Thanks :P
posted by delmoi


Not as I understand it. Your most frequently misspelled words are likely those also misspelled by others. These are words that are misspelled by you more frequently than others misspell them. They are creative misspellings--a measure of your misspelling uniqueness. I thought you got borat and colbert right, but no, this pony must be case sensitive. It could be worse then this--it could distinguish between then and than usage--than you'd be in real trouble.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 8:00 PM on September 18, 2007


“Not as I understand it. Your most frequently misspelled words are likely those also misspelled by others.”

That's depressing. It's obvious when you think about it, but I was feeling all pleased that this has allowed me to eliminate three words that I didn't know I misspelled which I really ought to have known better.

I envy all you naturally good spellers. It's taken me all of my adult life to get to the point where I'm a good speller relative to most people (not necessarily mefites, though).
posted by Ethereal Bligh at 8:08 PM on September 18, 2007


Apropos of nothing other than my need to express this, I just saw the headline and read the BBC story on the supposed meteorite strike in Peru that has sickened, the story claims, 600 people who have visited the site. Scientists are en route.

I am sorely tempted to post this egregious bit of would-be NewsFilter.

The thing is, if this goes all Andromeda Strain on us, I'd like to have the satisfaction of having been the one who posted the story to MetaFilter before I puke blood and keel over and die.
posted by Ethereal Bligh at 8:16 PM on September 18, 2007


I was all about that articles until this part, EB:

An engineer from the Peruvian Nuclear Energy Institute told the AFP news agency no radiation had been detected from the crater and ruled out the fallen object being a satellite.

Renan Ramirez said: "It is a conventional meteorite that, when it struck, produced gases by fusing with elements of the terrain."


That's so rational it took away my boner. I seem to recall Peru being a leading exporter of sulfur too, so it wouldn't shock me to hear that the impact fused a bunch of minerals together into a toxic gas.

Dammit, I want my aliens, and I want them now.
posted by lazaruslong at 8:50 PM on September 18, 2007


Mass hysteria, EB. When 600 people get ill on the day of a frightening event, it's just about the only possible diagnosis. It's also extremely common.
posted by ikkyu2 at 9:09 PM on September 18, 2007


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posted by blue_beetle at 9:14 PM on September 18, 2007


I'd like to have the satisfaction of having been the one who posted the story to MetaFilter before I puke blood and keel over and die.

Braaaaaaaaains!
posted by brundlefly at 2:06 AM on September 19, 2007


My #1...

"Buttless"
posted by French Fry at 11:13 AM on September 19, 2007


I'm slightly ecstatic that the phrase "Surinamese Tellytubbies" features so highly for me...
posted by ob at 1:42 PM on September 19, 2007


By the same token "Plainchant Pornstar" will probably be the name of my firstborn.
posted by ob at 1:44 PM on September 19, 2007


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