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Common words, uncommon jobs

Using a set of only the ten hundred most often used words, people say what they do for a living with help from the Up-Goer Five word typing editor.


  1. This, of course, is a spin-off of the xkcd comic "Up Goer Five" which used this approach to describe the Saturn V rocket.
  2. A couple people started to use it to describe their research:
  3. The challenge was issued on Twitter:
  4. And dozens of people have taken up the challenge:
  5. True to her simplified job description, Emily took an abstract and used the editor to tell us "what they said, using words that everyone else understands."