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What's the frequency

While Your Humble Blogger is ruminating about the debate, Gentle Readers may want to peruse this note by Mark Liberman over at the Language Log. He uses an interesting tool to look at the words that one speaker used more than another: oddly enough, Our Only President used the word hope, or hoping, or hopes, or hopeful, a total of 20 times, while Senator Kerry didn’t use the word at all in any of those forms. Does this reveal that the incumbent has a vision for the future whilst the challenger is mired in the past, or that the challenger has a plan for future action whilst the incumbent drifts, by guess and by Gd? You be the judge.