Mock Wordle Soup

While sitting in Mr. Long’s room during my Study Hall, Mr. Long had an epiphany.

Being anxious, naive students Derek, Connor S., Devon, Benedict and I wanted to know why Mr. Long was “Oooing” and “Ahhhing” at his desk.

He showed us the site http://www.wordle.net/.

In general terms, Wordle takes a group of text (any size) and calculates how many times a word appears. Of course “a, an, the, but, etc.” usually do not count unless you edit your Wordle creation. Once you created your Wordle, you can choose to remove different words that are common in a certain language. For example, you can remove “Common English Words” or “Common Esperanto Words”.

It is quite amusing and fascinating to see which words are left in the Wordle and which were removed.

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“Ahhing” myself, I started to question why the words in the Wordle was big or small. The four words that caught my eye were Alice, Wonderland, hidden and meaning. These would make sense for the fact that the story we are analyzing is Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and we are trying to find the hidden meanings in and in-between the text. I would not be surprised if many if not all of the first two words in every team’s Wordle was Alice and Wonderland.

The one thing that interested me the most was the lack of the character’s names.

Other than Alice, the Caterpillar and Cat (note not Cheshire) are represented in tiny letters and no other characters appeared on the Wordle. The majority of the words were adjectives instead of nouns. I believe this shows a better connection between all of our blogs with the story of Alice by the consistant describing words.

Could that mean our team focused more on the hidden meanings within the whole story more than the analysis of the characters?

For example, here is our site Wordle that removed “Common Esperanto Words”

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Another mouse shape! (Although this mouse must have lost some weight! *wink*)

First of all I had to look up the word Esperanto:

An artificial international language with a vocabulary based on word roots common to many European languages and a regularized system of inflection.

With my new knowledge of the language, it was odd to me that the and and were the most popular after taking away the common Esperanto words. Although this is an international language so it would be reasonable to suspect the most common English words to be the largest words. Its also interesting to see the number of tiny words, that were large in the removed English words, within the few large words, that weren’t even in the first Wordle.

Shows that there are other languages than English and we need to not assume that everyone in the world knows it. We aren’t the only people in the world.

If anyone else does a Wordle please tell me because I am curious to see what shapes/words pop up and why!

The first Wordle can be found here. The second Wordle can be found here.

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1 Comment

  1. Emma I like that you pointed out the small size ,and lack there of, ofcharacter names compared to words like ‘hidden’ and ‘message’ in your Wordle. These words are very ambigous and have to do with the big picture of this story. I’m glad we didn’t follow plot summary in our blogs. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland can’t fit inside the box and neither can we! Do you know how boring it would be to have around 13 blogs of the same repeated, chewed up and spit out recyclable garbage we call plot summary! This would really be a waste of time. Plot is great as a foundation, but the meat of this project should be our ideas and our opinons. Our discoveries and misadventures while reading Alice is what matters most. [Insert Chapter Name Here] posts are no fun if you have a whole entire website devoted to them!. The balanced we’ve created between fact, fairytale, and free-thinking is just right.


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