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yarr, excuse me manners and excuse me princess [Oct. 21st, 2009|09:30 pm]
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Let's see what we've got here:

- "Excuuse me, princess!" is really unpopular, given its ease in typing: people either write the phrase with The Canonical Number of Letters U (that is, 1), or write it with more. I believe this reflects a tension between dictionary spelling and how the word is said: if you're going to break the rules, people break them in a way that's clear and unambiguously not a typo!

- There is a marked preference for 41 letters u: "excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me, princess!" has 3,770 results, while the results around it have tons fewer. That's that bump near the end of the graph! Clearly there is a connection here with the amount of time the average person is willing to hold down their "u" key before losing interest and seeing what the other keys do

- It took 50 letters u ("excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me, princess!") to get 0 results. I was going to stop there, but then I made the mistake of checking 51 letters u, which had a few hits, as did 52. It was at 67 letters u ("excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me, princess!") that my Google search box was mostly the letter "u" and I realized that there is no upper limit on how many letters u could appear. It's letters u all the way down, you guys! So I stopped and wished I'd written a script to do this instead, but I really thought we'd peter out before 67.

DATA POINTS FOR FUN AND REFERENCE:

"excuse me, princess!": 133,000
"excuuse me, princess!": 7,980
"excuuuse me, princess!": 133,000 (a tie!!)
"excuuuuse me, princess!": 222,000
"excuuuuuse me, princess!": 238,000
"excuuuuuuse me, princess!": 90,900
"excuuuuuuuse me, princess!": 65,900
"excuuuuuuuuse me, princess!": 67,600
"excuuuuuuuuuse me, princess!": 36,700
"excuuuuuuuuuuse me, princess!": 27,600
"excuuuuuuuuuuuse me, princess!": 21,100
"excuuuuuuuuuuuuse me, princess!": 55,400
"excuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me, princess!": 34,300
"excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me, princess!": 24,500
"excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me, princess!": 9,540
"excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me, princess!": 3,500
"excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me, princess!": 5,970
"excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me, princess!": 23,300
"excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me, princess!": 2,090
"excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me, princess!": 3,410
"excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me, princess!": 2,060
"excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me, princess!": 3,870
"excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me, princess!": 1,840
"excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me, princess!": 1,420
"excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me, princess!": 1,080
"excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me, princess!": 206
"excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me, princess!": 243
"excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me, princess!": 405
"excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me, princess!": 95
"excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me, princess!": 134
"excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me, princess!": 108
"excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me, princess!": 84
"excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me, princess!": 97
"excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me, princess!": 9
"excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me, princess!": 99
"excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me, princess!": 78
"excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me, princess!": 55
"excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me, princess!": 79
"excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me, princess!": 4
"excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me, princess!": 5
"excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me, princess!": 3,770!
"excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me, princess!": 4
"excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me, princess!": 4
"excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me, princess!": 7
"excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me, princess!": 6
"excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me, princess!": 4
"excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me, princess!": 5
"excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me, princess!": 4
"excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me, princess!": 3
"excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me, princess!": FINALLY, NO RESULTS
"excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me, princess!": 5
"excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me, princess!": 5
"excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me, princess!": 1
"excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me, princess!": 1
"excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me, princess!": 6
"excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me, princess!": none!
"excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me, princess!": 2
"excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me, princess!": 2
"excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me, princess!": 2
"excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me, princess!": 1
"excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me, princess!": 1
"excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me, princess!": 1
"excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me, princess!": 1
"excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me, princess!": 2
"excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me, princess!": 3
"excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me, princess!": 1
"excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me, princess!": 1

If you're upset that I broke your page layout or forced you to scroll horizontally you can pretty much imagine what my response is, here is a hint, it involves the letter 'u' and also royalty
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[User Picture]From: kevlar_kania
2009-10-22 01:46 am (UTC)

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Dropping that line in casual conversation is one of the most rewarding things I've ever done.
[User Picture]From: tony_cliff
2009-10-22 01:46 am (UTC)

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Man, if they used this as a lesson plan, I might have paid attention in high-school math.
[User Picture]From: seiryuu26
2009-10-22 01:49 am (UTC)

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this is probably the best use of Livejournal, ever.
[User Picture]From: heypais
2009-10-22 01:50 am (UTC)

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Ryan the world is a better place because you are in it. Thank you for posting this!
[User Picture]From: heypais
2009-10-22 01:51 am (UTC)

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Also happy birthday!
[User Picture]From: gwillen
2009-10-22 01:51 am (UTC)

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There is a YTMND whose title is that string with 41 u's in it. People are quoting it. (Sorry, but I knew it couldn't be uncorrelated. IT would just be too weird. ;-)
[User Picture]From: gwillen
2009-10-22 01:52 am (UTC)

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The spike at n=5 is impressive, though. I think that's the real point at which people lose interest with holding down the letter u.
[User Picture]From: inflationary
2009-10-22 01:51 am (UTC)

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you are the BEST
From: colonel_froggie
2009-10-22 01:51 am (UTC)

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"Clearly there is a connection here with the amount of time the average person is willing to hold down their "u" key before losing interest and seeing what the other keys do"

Maybe so, but with an anomaly like that at 41 u's you'd suspect a lot of people had copied and pasted it from some original source? Man, why are you copying and pasting that, though?

Lovely chart, by the way.
[User Picture]From: capnb0b
2009-10-22 01:51 am (UTC)

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five u's seems like a reasonable thing to type when you are trying to talk like Link.
[User Picture]From: nyahnyahnyah
2009-10-22 01:58 am (UTC)

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Holy crap, flashbacks. I have never played Zelda, but I sure remember the cartoon!
[User Picture]From: tedprior
2009-10-22 01:58 am (UTC)

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This information is going to come in handy one day, I just know it! Bookmarked!
[User Picture]From: ohmanpompom
2009-10-22 02:02 am (UTC)

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Awesome. Just awesome.
[User Picture]From: elphanet
2009-10-22 02:02 am (UTC)

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oh man, this was totally worth forcing me to scroll horizontally, you don't even know!
[User Picture]From: qwantz
2009-10-22 02:04 am (UTC)

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now the results for the higher levels of u all include links to this post; i have contaminated the dataset
[User Picture]From: nedroidcomics
2009-10-22 02:07 am (UTC)

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By observing the sarcasm, you have affected it
[User Picture]From: garillama
2009-10-22 02:06 am (UTC)

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Am I the only one who really wanted to punch him in the face by the end of that video? (I really want someone to make it into a techno "excuuuuuse me, princess" remix)
[User Picture]From: garillama
2009-10-22 02:07 am (UTC)

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P. S. You are a good person for doing this and you should feel good! Also Happy Birthday!
From: (Anonymous)
2009-10-22 02:07 am (UTC)

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thank you with 67 A's in the word 'thank' for making me laugh out loud at the end of a very long and bad day
[User Picture]From: pink_like_me
2009-10-22 02:08 am (UTC)

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oops that was me, i have a new computer and thus am not logged in anywhere ahhh
[User Picture]From: jazzmoth
2009-10-22 02:08 am (UTC)

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I hope there is a correlation between length of the acoustic vowel and length of the written vowel.

Also, can I write my thesis (or at least one of my qualifying papers) on this? I'll cite you...!
[User Picture]From: qwantz
2009-10-22 02:09 am (UTC)

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What could possibly go wrong??
[User Picture]From: princessleia
2009-10-22 02:12 am (UTC)

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well thaaaaaaaaaaaank you, ryan!

this made my day.
happy birthday.
[User Picture]From: jordfallsmotet
2009-10-22 02:21 am (UTC)

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consider my mind completely blown.
[User Picture]From: simonbob
2009-10-22 02:23 am (UTC)

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Did you use the Kh(aX)N Machine for this, or do you have a local program?
[User Picture]From: simonbob
2009-10-22 02:29 am (UTC)

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Guess I can answer my own question: Kha(X)N only allows one word at a time. Still, the graph for "excu*se" comes out somewhat similar to yours if you discount the extra hits for "excuse" actually spelled properly.
[User Picture]From: zamp
2009-10-22 02:25 am (UTC)

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I find it interesting that google like to suggest that maybe you meant "excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me, princes" with one less u everytime.
[User Picture]From: hey_friend
2009-10-22 02:26 am (UTC)

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Ryan Ryan Ryan/can't you see/sometimes your stats just hypnotize me/and I just love your nerdy ways/guess that's why I'm broke and you're so paid

(and have a hot girlfriend)
[User Picture]From: jennuass
2009-10-22 04:42 pm (UTC)

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hahahah!! Awesome!
[User Picture]From: adg
2009-10-22 02:29 am (UTC)

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Have I told you lately that you're amazing?

You're amazing. Hahaha
[User Picture]From: nightplayer
2009-10-22 02:38 am (UTC)

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uX2 = uncanny valley
[User Picture]From: qwantz
2009-10-22 11:22 am (UTC)

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I believe this metaphor works in every way!
[User Picture]From: chickensnack
2009-10-22 02:45 am (UTC)

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MAN about a year and a half ago I suddenly felt the need to do this exact thing except with strings of the letter b.

there was a nice spike at bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb

also what's this Kh(aX)n business DOING IT BY HAND IS THE BEST
[User Picture]From: mosesandcompany
2009-10-22 03:02 am (UTC)

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Yes, yes I did!
[User Picture]From: thedisgrace
2009-10-22 03:38 pm (UTC)

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Ahahahaha, thank you, Google. I KNEW I'D FORGET A U SOMEWHERE
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