Wordle, if you’ve never heard of it, is a fun little online program that generates “word clouds” from text that you provide. As its creator explains, on the Wordle homepage, “The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes.”
It’s fun, but also a fascinating way to see (literally, at a glance) which words and phrases certain writers emphasize in particular texts. As a lighthearted experiment, I’ve run three texts that will be familiar to students of OLP through Wordle, to see what kinds of “clouds” emerge from them. If you want to try making some of your own, you can access the program by clicking here.
The three texts I fed into Wordle are (links are to the e-texts I used): Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus and On Certainty and J.L. Austin’s “A Plea for Excuses.” (Click on the word clouds below to make them larger.)