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February 23, 2008


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Nancy wrote:
(I asked MSWord to tally the total word count of Widdicombe's piece: it came to 679, a number not evenly divisible by six. Not sure where the extra word is.)

--In the New Yorker article, hyphenated words counted as two words, while Word counts them as one. Complicating the question further, the ellipses are separated by word spaces, each of which adds one to the Word word count.

[How many words would a Wordchecker check if a Wordchecker could check words?]

Dave: Aha! Thanks for clarifying.

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