My last post looked at the favourite words of Australia’s prime minister, Kevin Rudd. In the interests of balance, I will now turn the word cloud lens onto the opposition leader, Malcolm Turnbull. Turnbull’s speeches are conveniently assembled online and the graphic below illustrates the frequency of his words from speeches made in 2009. Unlike the analysis of Rudd’s speeches, this analysis does include some speeches given in parliament.
Just like Rudd, Turnbull’s favourite word is “Government”, and “Australia” is not far behind. But from there, differences appear. The word “billion” is far more prominent, reflecting the opposition leader’s obsession with growing public debt. The appearance of “Rudd”, “Labor” and “Coalition” clearly reflect the realities of life in opposition where so much time is taken attacking the other side.
Interestingly, the word “emissions” is clearly visible in the cloud, whereas nothing relating to climate change was visible in Rudd’s cloud.
“Now” is as prominent as Rudd’s “also”. Does this reflect a constant sense of urgency from a man of little patience?
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- Taking It Too Far: Verb and Adjective Clouds (21 August 2009)
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Thanks, this is interesting. I suppose doing clouds just on their verbs would be a bit difficult?
just looking at the cloud – were you at that local gov conference yesterday?
I wasn’t at the conference…lucky coincidence I suppose.
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