Wordcount is a visualization of the 86,800 most frequently used English words, ranked and scaled in order of their commonness, and arranged side by side as a very long sentence.

Each word’s size reflects its frequency relative to the words that precede and follow it, giving a visual barometer of relevance — the larger the word, the more we use it; the smaller the word, the less common it is.

Certain sequences of words appear to form conspiracies (e.g. “microsoft acquire salary tremendous” and “america ensure oil opportunity”), but are actually just artifacts of the data.

The data for Wordcount comes from the British National Corpus — here’s the underlying word frequency list.

Wordcount tracks the way we use language, while its sister project, Querycount, tracks the way we use Wordcount (warning: it’s a much different list).

Wordcount was created at Fabrica.