More praise for the excellent Yale Book of Quotations

LanDi Liu strangeguitars at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jul 1 12:51:43 UTC 2008

For those of you who, like me, were a little puzzled:

KWIC = key word in context

When I read Joel's post, I had no idea what that meant, and just
skimmed over it.  But then by strange coincidence, within the next ten
seconds I happened to fire up Mark Davies' CAE interface and saw the
acronym listed right there.

I guess then a "KWIC index" is basically a non-electronic corpus.
Strong's Concordance (of the King James Bible) would be a good
example, right?


On Tue, Jul 1, 2008 at 8:33 PM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at> wrote:
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> Note 1.  ... The traditional answer to a publisher's query for an
> index to any anomalous text, such as a book of epigrams, proverbs,
> quotations, etc., would be to propose a simple KWIC index --- as is
> included in the much-lauded _The Yale book of quotations_ by Fred R.
> Shapiro (2006).
> William Abrams, "The indexer facing the cryptic text: A folly index
> as inspired by Jorge Luis Borges, presented as a cautionary example
> of over-indexing." _The Indexer: The International Journal of
> Indexing_, Vol. 26, No. 2 (June 2008), p. 70.
> Joel
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