Jay Lake (jaylake) wrote,
Jay Lake
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[tech] So many of you must be smarter than me

Is there a way to construct a wildcard search in Microsoft Word to find identical words within xx characters of each other? For example, if I have the sentence, "The house was as big as a house!", I'd like to be able to flag that.

I can see a lot of problems with the algorithm -- substrings, plurals, punctuation, different variations on a common stem (houses vs housing, frex) -- but I'm curious if it can be done at all.
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