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The following is a VERY naive piece of research. I've downloaded the IMDB titles dataset (available here: https://datasets.imdbws.com/title.basics.tsv.gz), and took the 3rd column - primaryTitle. I then created a histogram of the number of titles containing each count of words. One very probable problem is I'm not taking language into consideration; ...


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Inspired by @Ran Locar's answer, I had a look at all films that came out by year and the (naive) word count of each title. The dataset I used was this Kaggle set, so if the original question specifically thinks this trend changed in the past two years then this won't help. However, it looks to me like there is at best a slow trend upwards for shorter titles....


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I think it's about aspiration, about claim-staking, and about self-importance — and, in some cases, ultimately about denying the competition. The number of one-word titles is far smaller than the number of multiple-word titles; and for a given subject, there are only a few relevant single-word titles.  So there's a certain cachet about using one of them.  (...


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As commonly understood, "gradually" and "greedily" suggest completely opposite paces. "Greedily" implies quickly, or with an urgency to complete the task. It just doesn't go with "gradually", it causes cognitive dissonance.


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First, you need to identify what you personally consider "powerful" words, or poems, or sentences in fiction. Make a collection of the things you love. Once you have a collection of what impresses you, or moves you, then you can move on to analysis: Try to understand why exactly you feel like the authors found the perfect word, the perfect imagery. Is there ...


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Your question indicates that you are a long way away. Poetry, the poetic, is not about power words (they are for sales and speeches). A lot of classical poetry is about the ambiguity and latitude of language. "He kissed me in such a pretty way." No power words here but can you see that a normally visual attribute has be a feeling. "I wandered lonely as a ...


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Your assertion, as others have pointed out, is incorrect. That's okay, though. I thought it might be more helpful to you to address your "disdain for one-word titles." I would say this is an unfortunate disdain you've developed, though it is borne by an astute and fortunate observation you've had. There is nothing wrong with one-word titles. On the ...


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