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Performance comparison: counting words in Python, Go, C++, C, AWK, Forth, and Rust
Ben Hoyt made a benchmark test in various languages, and compares performance across them.

https://benhoyt.com/writings/count-words/

The discussion in c.l.f. about the optimisations of the Forth version are an interesting read

https://groups.google.com/g/comp.lang.forth/c/8ugTFxGXdaI
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