My friend jmac sent me a link to an interesting site called Wordcount, which plots around 87,000 English words as a decay curve, going from the most popular word “the”, to the least popular, “conquistador”. Words are ranked by how often they are used within the British National Corpus®, a 100 million word representative sample of written and spoken word pieces.
I was tinkering with Wordcount yesterday and found it interesting to compare words. Perhaps you will enjoy. I certainly did. Below, the word’s ranking appears to its right. The higher the ranking, the more it is used.
These are the words of truth, and these are the truths of words, and this is what I have learned:
We Anglophones are a bit more concerned about the ends of our lives than we are the beginnings.
We fear more than we hope once we become lingual.
Despite what a trip to the DMV might tell you, we are more interested than not.
There are more of us that have not than have.
Sex sells, because no one wants to get rid of love, which is 3.35 times more popular.
Despite our differences in color, we are more or less the same:
Girls are better at numbers than are boys:
We trust hope more than we do statistics:
We have a favorite Stooge:
We think with our brains more than our stomachs.
Two thirds of us are followers:
Grabbing is more important than walking:
If you’ve made it this far, you’re the latter, if not, you’re the former.
English speakers like dogs more than cats:
Once again, the triumph of hope over reality:
And the answer to life’s most important question:
I will never borrow another man’s pants again.
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