Yes, it it almost the end of May. Once again, my bad:
Okay, so it’s mid-April, but here is some left-over March stuff:
I read Persuasion recently (more on that in the March 2015 books round-up, presumably) and because of the title of the book, every instance of the word persuasion or variations thereof felt sort of jarring and like it should be imbued with a special significance, like “hey, see what I did there? That’s the title, bro.”1 And so, if you already conveniently happen to have lists of word frequencies for all of Austen’s works2, a sort of natural question arises: does Jane Austen actually use the word persuasion significantly more in Persuasion than she does in her other novels?
The short answer: nope.
The slightly longer answer: