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Take a Look At These Fascinating Happiness-Related Word Clouds.

A thoughtful reader sent me the link to Michael Kelley’s piece, “Scientists Used Facebook for the Largest Ever Study of Language and Personality, about a fascinating study done by University of Pennsylvania researchers, “Personality, Gender, and Age in the Language of Social Media.” They used 700 million words, phrases, and topic instances taken from Facebook, from 75,000 volunteers,  to analyze …


A Mysterious Division of Animals: What’s Your Favorite Category?

Every Wednesday is List Day, or Tip Day, or Quiz Day. This Wednesday: time for something completely different. This is a list that appears in an essay by Jorge Luis Borges, “The Analytical Language of John Wilkins,” in Borges: Selected Non-Fictions. I have no idea why I love this passage so much, but I do. These ambiguities, redundancies and deficiencies …