We tagged a few other categories of words as we went along. Remembering that while the Concordance has all 1534 uncommon words entered, I have only had chance to thoroughly examine and make special notes on the 300 which were the most interesting to me and seemed the most likely to be “archaic” or a “gem” or to fit the other ideas I was curious about. In fact, if you search on the tag “brief”, you will find those words for which I only made a plain concordance entry.
Meanwhile, those special other tags. There are not many of them, so I concatenated them all onto one graphic for us:
The few blue words are tagged “British” – from Scottish, Irish, and Cumbrian. The green graph shows us the words from outside the most frequent hundred thousand words in the Project Gutenberg corpus, tagged 100K. I also had a few thoroughly subjective tags. The red graph shows us words I tagged “funny” (and a few which the OED calls “jocular”), and I’ve been told that my sense of humour is flawed. For example, I think the word “quoits” sounds funny and that “burglar” is funny for being anti-heroic. The few delightful plum words are my personal favorites with the “gem” tag (yes, the lovely Cumbrian word “carrock” is also one of my gems). They are the words which I discovered had multiple meanings and nuanced connotations which all contribute to Tolkien’s elegant storycraft.