From the Sunlight Foundation comes Capitol Words, a site which, as its tagline explains, is “Taking Congress at its Word” by examining word frequency in the Congressional Record. You can view word use frequency by day, week, month, year, or congressional session. Perhaps not surprisingly, “health” overwhelmingly dominates almost every list.
Capitol Words also breaks down word use according to congressman and state, noting which states and members of Congress are most and least vocal. The eighth most talkative lawmaker in one of the two loudest states, Ron Paul has (of course) rather higher incidences of words like “freedom,” “liberty,” “debt,” “reserve,” “private,” and “market” than the Congress at large.
It’s an interesting site, at any rate, and worth a distracted minute’s look.Published in