February 18, 2023

Show word count in vim

You can show the number of words in vim by writing a file, a paragraph, etc. to the programme wc.

To display word count of a file, write it to the programme wc:

:w !wc  -w

To display word count of a paragraph, select it:


and write it to the programme wc:

:w !wc -w

! calls an external programme.

wc is a programm to show characters, lines, words or bytes count of a file.

-w is an option that prompt wc to only show word count.

Run $ man wc in a terminal to see other options.


I do self-funded research and I'm writing a book.

> What's the book about?

About technologies and agency.

Meaning, technologies can foster agency. No doubt. But I am also asking:

Can usage of technologies give us a sense of empowerment while in fact undermining our abilities?

I posted a summary of the prologue on the homepage: https://yctct.com/


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