In 1872 two men began work on a lexicon of words of Asian origin used by the British in India – it records a huge debt English owes to the subcontinent.
See on www.bbc.co.uk
I found one interesting website which uses word frequencies to create word clouds, that is http://www.wordle.net created by Johnathan Feinberg. I created these clouds from one of my high school’s Oral Communication textbook and made a giant print for that schools faculty art exhibition. This seems like a more visually pleasing way to present word frequencies to students in contrast with ranked frequency lists. I am curious about how other teachers would use this material in their classrooms.
If you go to the site, you have the option of uploading a text and creating a composition. Also you can also use links to get material directly from the internet, and you can also gather tags from a del.ici.ous user. Give it a try and see for yourself.