Thesis word cloud…

I haven’t decided yet if this is a good thing or a gross under-representation of what it’s like to write a thesis. Sixty-nine thousand plus words,  seven chapters, two hundred and forty nine pages, eighty-nine figures, thirteen tables, and a brain aneurism summarised into a word cloudThesis

But the idea for this came to me when a while back I was congratulating a friend of mine on completing her thesis. She mentioned to me that her favourite word in it was “vitiate” (to impair or weaken the effectiveness of). Odd, I thought to myself. To be quite specific in that way. Then I thought to myself what is my favourite word from my thesis. After coming up blank the first time, the second time I thought of my favourtie word that wasn’t in my thesis. Mainly because my examiner thought it was funny I described certain effects of RNAi “abhorent” (causing repugnance; detestable; loathsome) instead of “aberrant” (departing from the right, normal, or usual course). For a lot of the experiments that didn’t work, I stand by my original phrasing.

Despite not coming up with a favourite word from my thesis, I do have a favourite sentence — mine spans the last two pages, after appendix, references and all:

“ma voix est faible…”

“…et même, un peu profane.”


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