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Word Count/Frequency in the Tarzan Novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs

David Bruce Bozarth

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The texts used to prepare this word count/frequency chart are the Project Gutenberg electronic editions of TARZAN OF THE APES, THE RETURN OF TARZAN, THE BEASTS OF TARZAN, THE SON OF TARZAN, TARZAN AND THE JEWELS OF OPAR, JUNGLE TALES OF TARZAN, and TARZAN THE UNTAMED.

I have retained all UK spellings and slang dialects. All hyphenated words were divided into component parts, except "ape-man", therefore some names may not appear.

At the end of this LONG listing (nearly 16,700 words) is a summary displaying the number of number of words by letter length. I think some may find a few surprises in that chart.

The listing is best viewed with a monospaced font. If the columns do not line up correctly, check your browser font settings or save the file to your hard drive as plain text and read in your word processor.

WORD               LEN   FREQ
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'AD                  3      1
'ALL                 4      1
'AND                 4      1
'APPENED             8      1
'ARF                 4      1
'E                   2      2
'E'S                 4      1
'EAD                 4      2
'EAD'                5      1
'EADS                5      1
'EAR                 4      1
'EARD                5      1
'ELL                 4      1
'ELL'S               6      2
'ELP                 4      1
'EM                  3      2
'ERE                 4      2
'EREABOUTS          10      1
'HALF                5      1
'I                   2      1
'IM                  3      1
'KILL                5      1
'LADY'               6      2
'LET'S               6      1
'NO                  3      1
'PLAYED              7      1
'PON                 4      1
A                    1  12069
A'HT                 4      5
AASVOGEL             8      1
ABANDON              7     16
ABANDONED            9     27
ABANDONING          10      4
ABANDONMENT         11      1
ABASHED              7      1

The entire list is available as a text file compressed as zip.

Words by Length

 1 Letter :    23     0.1%
 2 Letters:    74     0.4%
 3 Letters:   365     2.2%
 4 Letters:  1225     7.3%
 5 Letters:  1871    11.2%
 6 Letters:  2545    15.3%
 7 Letters:  2803    16.8%
 8 Letters:  2629    15.8%
 9 Letters:  2041    12.2%
10 Letters:  1359     8.2%
11 Letters:   853     5.1%
12 Letters:   500     3.0%
13 Letters:   243     1.5%
14 Letters:    90     0.5%
15 Letters:    38     0.2%
16 Letters:     9     0.1%
17 Letters:     3     0.0%