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Visualization of the Week: The origins of English

Visualization of the Week: The origins of English

The etymology of the words in select articles and classic books.

In this week's visualization, Mike Kinde visualizes the etymology of the English words in various articles and books, including "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer."

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WordSpy as Collective Intelligence

I've long been a fan of WordSpy, Paul McFedries' site that features definitions and first use of new words and phrases. It's a great trendspotting tool. The words we use give surprising insight into popular consciousness. Many of them, like junk sleep, silent disco, free-range kid, or Blackberry prayer illustrate new social trends, while others like phantom load or quake…

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