Word(le) Up!

For a writer, words are a special thing. We like to read them, write them, make them up (pwnage, anyone?), expound on their meaning, spell them pourly, pretend we know how to put the bigger ones in context, and we really like to degrade them (Yo brosef, that whip be ma steez = vomit). But what we LOVE… what we love is to look at them.

And now a website has given us a super sweet way to do just that.

Wordle is a website designed around creating Word Clouds. You paste a bunch of random words or phrases into a text box, hit “Go” and watch as the site makes art of words. You can customize font, color and layout. It’s pretty much the best thing since ever.

Especially for a narcissist. Check it:


Suh dash wheat.

Here are a few others I created for your viewing pleasure:

A Star Wars one (where effing Lucas takes all the credit).


Celebritards Are Colorful.


Action Stars (in “Gunplay” font, obvs).


Fiona Apple’s loquacious sophomore album title (“When the Pawn…”)


A little Idol Season Seven Cloud For Ya.


Of course my boy Keanu gets one.


And my favs Wordles, the horizontal and vertical Trainspotting “Choose” speeches.



h/t to Pop Candy for the original Wordle drop.


About Jason Matthews

Jason Matthews is the head writer for TheJay.com. The site has been nominated for two Weblog Awards (Best Culture Blog, 2006 & 2007), and has been featured on more than 100 websites, including the IMDB, Defamer, College Humor, USA Today’s Pop Candy (Written by Whitney Matheson), Entertainment Weekly’s PopWatch, BestWeekEver.tv, Gorilla Mask and eBaum’s World. Jason is also an accomplished playwright. He is currently the Writer-in-Residence at the Ruskin Group Theatre, where through their showcase “Café Plays”, he has written and produced forty-five one-act plays, and premiered his full-length debut comedy ‘Four Night Stand’ to a sold out six-week run in Spring 2010. In addition to his work online and in theatre, Jason was the host of PopLoad on NowLive.com from January – May 2007, and was the Editor-in-Chief of the popular Santa Barbara-based arts magazine CampusPOINT from June 2000 – June 2002. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Film Studies from UC Santa Barbara, and an intense love for Ben Affleck and Keanu Reeves. Find Jason Matthews on Twitter @ www.Twitter.com/jasonamatthews
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