Friday, August 04, 2006

"What is it you read, my lord?

Words, words, words."
-Hamlet, Act II, scene ii

Here's an interesting site. It contains (as of August 4, 2006) the 86,000 most commonly used words in the English language. This appears to include proper names and abbreviations. It's taken from a British concordance project. It's fun to play around with, even though I treat some of it with skepticism.

Does guiltless (#72092) really get used less often than winckelmann (#47532)?

Or debriefed (#78896) used less than tansy (#31266)?

How bizarre. (#6827)


  1. butt (12108) is more common than my name (13521) :P

  2. Don't feel bad. Everyone's got a butt, but not everyone has a Tara! Or something.

    What a sad attempt at a face-saving...

  3. Must be those crazy Brits. "bloody" comes before "build" and "stuff".