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  PoS   WORD HIS EDU SOC LAW HUM PHIL SCI MED BUS
1  J    IMAGINED 134 22 244 66 218 133 59 10 6
2  J    STATIONARY 25 6 81 71 31 27 374 178 7
3  J    CONTINUAL 124 115 156 65 137 96 136 63 21
4  J    IMPERFECT 91 27 125 106 104 174 108 17 10
5  N    PERIPHERY 294 22 278 109 133 58 116 35 4
6  R    COMPARATIVELY 144 50 196 100 91 61 181 35 40
7  J    STIMULATING 90 128 106 44 121 90 134 131 11
8  J    INVALUABLE 99 86 103 42 84 45 181 58 28
9  J    COORDINATED 130 83 151 129 43 41 208 75 11
10  J    CONCENTRATED 79 30 91 82 47 46 212 120 34
 

favorite comes from my years teaching junior high school English, about an eighth-grade girl who'd nearly mastered the genre of the absentee note. One Tuesday morning, she handed me this note: "Please excuse Marie from school yesterday "(written on embossed, blue note paper with rounded flourishes astride long elegant script) "as she was sick with a cold and low-grade fever. "The "as she was sick with... "perfectly rendered, I thought, American suburban maternal discourse patterns. But in closing the note, Marie gave herself away: "Luv ya, Mrs. Smith. " Marie's adolescent voice was her fingerprint. She had absorbed her mother's note-writing style from years of careful study and experience: the handwriting, the stationery, most of the word choices, the appropriate language register for an absentee note. Marie was an artful forger. Expert forgers, we know, especially in the world of the arts

 
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