In the beginning of this project, I needed to simplify our list and I bid farewell to such beauties as “shod” and “unbeknown”. My current occupations, now that I am free to expand our concordance in any manner that is useful to us, is to find those delicious words and record them properly in our project. I have begun with those which I noted in this blog as I had to wave them goodbye.
It took a while, but all the Concordance entries so far have been tagged “10K” so that we can make some new entries of common words this weekend. A good handful of the entries to date will also get the new “common” tag, of course, as they are common words spelled in a gollumesque way.
What’s happening lately in the project is a boatload of behind-the-scenes work. I am not surprised (but still chagrined) to learn that repetitive tasks I could have completed in a day when I was 100% focused on this project take many, many weeks when I am returned to the workaday world of family and profession.
I have been proofreading, correcting entries in my spreadsheet, double-checking for words which got lost between the cracks, searching for more onomatopoeia, and making judgement calls on a few more food words (like dining-room). Today I am still marking the uncommon words with the 10K tag so that I’ll be ready to add more common words very soon. Already the post of Feminine Pronouns is crying out to become the official entry on “She”.
Well, it’s been a week! After the exhilarating presentation Monday night I had a couple of days of curling up in my hobbit-hole to do domestic chores and cuddle with my little one who is no longer small. There were some difficulties with the audio of the recording, so we may re-record it in the near future. If it’s possible for guests to listen in on that second edition, I’ll let you know. Then the better recording will be made freely available, because that’s how Signum University rolls!
One of my goals is to find funding to continue this project at a professional pace – any advice is appreciated!
Meanwhile, I will proceed with small tasks, such as tagging the uncommon words with “10K” before I add any common words; I really would like to add “Luck” and “Chance” and “Fortune” and similar, which are within The Ten Thousand. I’ll keep you apprised here on the Home page of what I’m up to!
“Smithereens” (an Irish word) and “carrock” (a Cumbrian word) as well as the Scottish words “delve”, “canny”, “uncanny”, and “bash” have been tagged “British” as in “a word from a non-English language of the British Isles”.
You’ll recall that I made a little counting error in the paragraph numbering system – the errors were in chapters 1, 11, and 13. I think I’ve corrected them all; I’ll be pleased to hear of any errors you find.
It looks as if the good folks at Lexos have released a small update – minor changes in the user interface and graphic rendering. New charts which the software draws for us henceforward will look slightly different; the points on our graphs will be smaller and clearer. The first thing I did with this new clarity was make certain that our graphs do run all the way to the end of the text. They certainly do – that very last uptick in food words represents exactly the words “kettle” and “tobacco-jar”.