Name Index

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This is going to be your pocket guide to calculating Name Index. The name in this situation is the name Clitus, a beautiful ancient Greek boys name meaning “splendid” or “famous.” It appears as the name of a minor character in Act 5, Scene 5 of William Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” play, written in 1599.

Procedure[edit]

  • 0001. On a piece of paper, draw three rectangular boxes and label them Box I, Box II, and Box III.
  • 0002. Read or skim the paragraph or passage and count all words starting with the letter C. Write this number in Box I on your paper.
  • 0003. For each word starting with CL but not CLI, add one point. For example, words like “claim” and “closet” are worth one point each.
  • 0004. For each word starting with CLI but not CLIT, add two points. For example, words like “climb” and “clinician” are worth two points.
  • 0005. For each word starting with CLIT but not CLITU, add three points.
  • 0006. For each word starting with CLITU but not CLITUS, add four points.
  • 0007. For the word “Clitus,” add five points.
  • 0008. Add up all the points from steps 0003-0007, and write this score in Box II on your paper.
  • 0009. Multiply the number in Box I by five and write this product in Box III.
  • 0010. Subtract the number in Box II from the number in Box III. Divide this difference by the number in Box III.

Sample Passage[edit]

On a sunny Tuesday morning in the middle of the summer, Clint, a professional clinician, took his client Clive to an outdoor rock climbing gym. The weather was gorgeous that day: the duo could see the sky which was remarkably blue. You could not count on one hand the number of hours they spent in paradise that day. It was crystal clear that they were living it up and having a wonderful day. They began climbing and enjoying the rest of their day.

Word Breakdown[edit]

  • There are eleven (11) words starting with the letter C in the above paragraph. Of those eleven words, there was one word (“clear”) starting with CL but not CLI, and six words starting with CLI (“Clint”, “clinician”, “client”, “Clive” and “climbing” (2x)).

Name Index Score for that passage[edit]

  • Box I: 11
  • Box II: 13 (1x1 + 2x6 = 13)
  • Box III: 55 (11x5 = 55)
  • 55-13 = 42
  • Name Index Score: 42/55 = 0.76364