"Capitol Words" Displays Most-Used Word From Daily Congressional Record

The frequency with which we use certain words can often serve as an interesting glimpse into our values, our interests, and our priorities. Perhaps it's with this rationale that Capitol Words was born. Capitol Words is a simple website that displays the word that was most often used in the congressional record that day. Even more interesting, it apparently has archives for this dating back through the last eight years (although for some reason I could not get some dates in 2000 and 2001 to work). According to the site's "About" page:

Capitol Words gives you an at-a-glance view into the daily proceedings of the United States Congress through the simplest lens available-a single word. For every day that Congress is in session, Capitol Words displays the most frequently used word in the Congressional Record. Whether the word matches up to an issue, an action, or the name of a member of Congress, Capitol Words provides a snapshot of the main topic addressed by Congress for any given day, dating back to the second session of the 106th Congress (January 20, 2000).

I think this is a pretty fascinating site but I also wonder how useful can one word per day be? Is this service/site more than a novelty? You'll have to decide for yourself; feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below.

Link - via Very Short List

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Pretty cool and very similar to a TV news experiment we did here on the frequency of words used on two TV programs during the week of the Republican Convention (O'Reilly Factor vs. The Daily Show). It's a pretty cool visualization of the most frequently used words on those particular shows during that week.

You can read the blog post here:
http://enterpriseblog.snapstream.com/2008/09/visualizing-television-news-experiment/
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