Capitol Words - US Congress in a word a day
June 19, 2008 9:52 AM   Subscribe

Capitol Words - US Congress in a word a day
Capitol Words gives you an at-a-glance view into the daily proceedings of the United States Congress through the simplest lens available-a single word. For every day that Congress is in session, Capitol Words displays the most frequently used word in the Congressional Record.

Whether the word matches up to an issue, an action, or the name of a member of Congress, Capitol Words provides a snapshot of the main topic addressed by Congress for any given day, dating back to the second session of the 106th Congress (January 20, 2000).

The Capitol Words site is powered by data collected by the Sunlight Foundation's LOUISdb from GPO Access.

An API provides several methods of accessing detailed information from the Capitol Words database.
posted by sunlightfoundation (5 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
This project was posted to MetaFilter by Effigy2000 on June 21, 2008: Capitol Words - US Congress In A Word A Day

This is pretty cool. Energy seems to be winning, followed by oil.
posted by Effigy2000 at 5:28 PM on June 19, 2008

I've been so enthralled with this project I decided to post it to Metafilter. Hurrah!*

* ... is not a word I have yet seen listed as being often used in the U.S Congress. A shame, that.
posted by Effigy2000 at 8:57 PM on June 21, 2008

"Carribean" is not a word I expected to see.
posted by LSK at 5:35 AM on June 22, 2008

Thanks again, Effigy2000!
posted by sunlightfoundation at 9:12 PM on June 22, 2008

A word cloud would put The Word in proportion.

What was the The Word the day after Janet Jackson's wardrobe malfunction?
posted by HotPatatta at 5:54 PM on July 20, 2008

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