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What word will you say the most often in your life? The word you use most commonly is probably the word all English-speakers use: the.

What are the most-used words in the English language?

One way to trace most-frequently-used words is with the search magic of Google Ngram viewer. With the Ngram viewer, you type a word, and it tells you how often that word is used over a specific time period, based on the Google Books database. For example, the word “the” is used about 5% of the time, which means that in every text of 100 words, 5 of those words are “the.” Similarly, the word “of” is used about 3% of the time, and the word “and” is used about 2.5% of the time.

The folks over at Oxford Dictionaries compiled a comprehensive analysis of English-language usage called the Oxford English Corpus. In this sense, a corpus is the entire body of words and phrases that constitute a language. See their complete analysis here.

Obviously, most of the most commonly used words are short words that help build sentences. As in the previous sentence, the words of, are, that, and the join the parts of the sentence that make the idea. Linguists call these “function words.” 84 of the top 100 words are function words.

Things get interesting when you look at the list of top 10 nouns:
time
person
year
way
day
thing
man
world
life
hand

Some of the words, like way, have many different meanings, which may be why they are more frequently used. For example, you could say, “She’s lost her way” or “that’s the way to the grocery store.” It is the same word in both instances, but they are very different meanings. Another reason certain words occur frequently has to do with their use in common phrases. So a word like time is used often, and it also appears in many common phrases, like last time, in time, next time, etc.

Journalists have suggested banishing overused words. Learn about the banished words from 2011 here.

Do these words surprise you? Are there words you expected to be common that aren’t?

San Francisco band replaces drums with a pair of iBooks: sans skins.(LunaGroove)(Brief Article)

Macworld April 1, 2005 | Dalrymple, Jim Including computers in a band setup is nothing new, but San Francisco’s LunaGroove (www.lunagroove.com) has gone one step further–completely replacing a traditional drum kit with two iBooks. go to site ibooks for mac

[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Alex Theory, who runs the Macs on stage, uses two 1 GHz iBooks to power the band’s drums and the overall feel of the music. Using Ableton’s Live, Propellerhead Software’s Reason, and Digidesign’s Pro Tools, Theory mixes and assigns beats to his iBooks’ keyboards, changing beats on-the-fly depending on the mood of the crowd. this web site ibooks for mac

“We are completely interactive and fluid with the audience,” says Theory. “We have taken what a DJ does and incorporated it into a band.” The band’s guitarist, Jimmy Leslie (who doubles as a music journalist), says that with Theory setting the beat, the band can quickly transition what it’s doing based on the vibe it gets from the people–without having to stop. Leslie still rips out solos, as any good jam-band guitarist should, but the overall feel is different.

“People still love guitar solos, but they are just tired of hearing it done the same old way,” says Leslie.

According to Leslie, LunaGroove differs from others who have tried to use computers onstage because the band’s sound isn’t too electronic, and it’s not trying to make traditional instruments sound electronic. LunaGroove’s approach is to incorporate the effects seamlessly into the music.

“The way the band works is like a futuristic jazz trio,” says Leslie.

Dalrymple, Jim

161 Comments

  1. Elena -  April 10, 2014 - 5:39 am

    People of the World! please! watch russian TV news about Ukraine in internet! You have to know the truth!!!

    Reply
  2. sanet -  March 24, 2014 - 7:04 am

    wow I did not know that

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  3. sithembiso -  April 12, 2012 - 11:07 am

    “LOVE”

    Reply
  4. sithembiso -  April 12, 2012 - 10:59 am

    “BECAUSE”

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  5. BeastBoyLover(Abi) -  April 2, 2012 - 10:49 am

    oh that’s an easy one! let’s see; I, a, the, hi, to, for, as, is,… etc.

    Reply
  6. Vinny -  April 1, 2012 - 6:46 am

    Interesting to know about the Ngram viewer, no idea it existed. :-)

    Reply
  7. Never to return -  March 19, 2012 - 12:55 pm

    LIKE I LIKE TOTALY LIKE THE WORD TOTALY

    Reply
  8. #7 -  March 16, 2012 - 6:49 pm

    Jake on March 10, 2012 at 8:22 pm
    every third word, americans will say one of these words:
    like
    like
    like
    like
    like
    like
    like
    like
    like
    like
    like
    like
    like
    like
    like
    like
    or
    like.
    *knowledge is power*

    Read more at http://hotword.dictionary.com/commonwords/#3PZegijDoQct795Z.99

    HOW DARE HE! (I ASSUME HE) ONLY WIERD POPULAR GIRLS SAY “LIKE” AFTER EVERY WORD! I’d be ok with the comment if he just said SOME PEOPLE, but blaming it all on Americans is NOT OK.

    Reply
    • dereck -  June 19, 2014 - 11:05 am

      Dumb ass that better. There r a lot of Americans the do t use the word “like” cause that word is a filler cause there thinking!! So get smarter friends!!!!

      Reply
  9. jack -  March 13, 2012 - 4:01 pm

    what about like. imean like its used like, a lot, like u kno what im sayn?

    Reply
  10. I love POOP -  March 13, 2012 - 8:14 am

    O.K no response, u guys didnt like my fact? wow i thought i would get something more than that……

    Well UR WELCOME

    Reply
  11. coool! -  March 12, 2012 - 11:09 am

    HOW COME LIKE DIDN’T MAKE THE LIST?????????????

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  12. Luck in W -  March 11, 2012 - 11:12 pm

    @Donna Watt Tse re: you, I

    It really depends on which context you think of as being the ground for this study of most-used words.

    1.In an interpersonal context on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, etc.,you and I would be used a lot more than when talking about general subjects. However, the interpersonal makes up only a small part of daily usage, even when it is a part of dialogue on TV or in movies..

    2. You will see/hear a lot less of the two pronouns when teachers, professors, lecturers, bosses, TV newspeople, etc. are talking. The same goes for books of fiction, newspapers, magazines, etc. These can include dialogues or interviews that are interpersonal but not always.

    3. Then there is a huge group of documentaries, books on the sciences, history books, etc., or class papers that are being written or read that may not contain a single you or I.

    What it comes down to is on what sort of material this research was actually done. I don’t know.

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  13. mary torres so swagging -  March 11, 2012 - 1:10 pm

    ;)

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  14. mary torres so swagging -  March 11, 2012 - 1:10 pm

    woooooww the ogts are monday March12-16 im soooo ready for this well wish me luck !

    Reply
  15. NeverReturn -  March 11, 2012 - 11:12 am

    How the WHAT !!! Did ‘Hand’ ever get into that List ?! ……………. Well I could see how ‘World’ Made it’s way up “Then we’ll rule the world”, “The world’s coming to an end” and Umm Who discusses ‘World’ so much ? Scientists ? Popes ? …Oh and Yeah Dictionary.com NEWEST COMMENTS @ THE TOP !!!!!!!! Makes more sense you know ? Kuz I wanna advertise my Blogs !!!!!!! :( It’s not fair to Visit my comment-less Blog PROCEED !!!! HERE ——-> http://neverexsist.wordpress.com

    Reply
  16. sherryyu -  March 11, 2012 - 10:54 am

    wat the hike are u kidding me

    Reply
  17. Mackenzie -  March 11, 2012 - 9:54 am

    Harry Shingles- You wasted too much of your time writing that huge comment…

    Reply
  18. Cyberquill -  March 11, 2012 - 8:11 am

    This seems to be the G-rated version of the ten most commonly used nouns.

    Reply
  19. Nshera -  March 11, 2012 - 7:58 am

    Harry Shingles, you should be disappointed in yourself!!!!!!!!!!! :-(

    Reply
  20. nicola -  March 11, 2012 - 7:32 am

    o my gosh, i would have never thought that. wow. holy moley.

    Reply
  21. Eric -  March 11, 2012 - 4:39 am

    One woman I work with overuses “Really?” Another woman I work with overuses “Yeah”. Pretty annoying, frankly. Kind of surprised those two aren’t on the list.

    Reply
  22. Amy -  March 10, 2012 - 10:24 pm

    a) I
    b) a
    c) an
    d) you
    e) me
    f) and
    g) that

    Reply
  23. Melana -  March 10, 2012 - 10:15 pm

    to ‘ranger’
    You can’t say “I could of done that job in 20 seconds.” It’s grammatically incorrect. The correct way is “I could have done that Job in 20 seconds.”

    Reply
  24. Jake -  March 10, 2012 - 8:22 pm

    every third word, americans will say one of these words:
    like
    like
    like
    like
    like
    like
    like
    like
    like
    like
    like
    like
    like
    like
    like
    like
    or
    like.
    *knowledge is power*

    Reply
  25. Kathleen Cheyanne -  March 10, 2012 - 8:17 pm

    Interesting….

    Reply
  26. who the hell am i? ;-) -  March 10, 2012 - 4:02 pm

    i really expected “love” a “a” and “the” on the list

    Reply
  27. Bieberlovesme -  March 10, 2012 - 8:52 am

    Thats very interesting and easy to understand.
    Ha lol no jk I didnt even finish reading it before I got a headache :((

    Reply
  28. Andrew -  March 10, 2012 - 8:19 am

    This was a very interesting article!!!!!! Very neat!

    Reply
  29. james -  March 10, 2012 - 4:26 am

    It is a list of nouns people, “A” and “the” are not nouns!

    Reply
  30. shreyaa -  March 10, 2012 - 12:10 am

    uh got it . but some are missing???

    Reply
  31. Em -  March 9, 2012 - 11:31 pm

    im surprised that like islike, not on the top of that list…

    Reply
  32. gamer231e -  March 9, 2012 - 10:14 pm

    you would think “and” and “the” would be used more often like you say them all “the” time in almost every sentence

    Reply
  33. Elena -  March 9, 2012 - 8:48 pm

    How about LOVE ? Nobody mention that. But we are always waiting…..

    Reply
  34. Jayjenja -  March 9, 2012 - 7:18 pm

    they shouldnt ban words plus i’m shocked amazing is on that list. personally i feel epic should be on that list–i’ve heard it about a million times more than amazing.

    Reply
  35. Rin_K -  March 9, 2012 - 7:02 pm

    My most used words:
    OMG
    Like
    the
    I
    You
    Shaddap
    Nom
    bwaaa
    some of those words weren’t even english i don’t think…

    Reply
  36. Nobody in particular -  March 9, 2012 - 5:40 pm

    I agree with A Future Author

    Reply
  37. 2nd -  March 9, 2012 - 5:20 pm

    Why do all you people say this isn’t interesting? How many people have heard of Google Ingram viewed, huh???? Its cool!!!!!!!

    Reply
  38. nfgjghjjhj -  March 9, 2012 - 4:43 pm

    there should be a “like” on the top of that list

    Reply
  39. Amanda -  March 9, 2012 - 4:17 pm

    I wonder about the mostly common used phrase, puncuation mark ( duh, the period ), but it would still be helpful to know that I talk like everyone else. :) not my falt im a nerd/dork/bum/an thing else not cool

    Reply
  40. Amanda -  March 9, 2012 - 4:14 pm

    Wow, I was not expecting the mostly used word to ‘the’. I thought it would be something like the actual word ‘like’ or ‘a’ or ‘I’ or ‘is’ or ‘it’. Not ‘the’, but then again the internet is never wrong, and they’ve probably got a whole lot more background research than I do so I guess more power to the writers. Ya know

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  41. Araceli -  March 9, 2012 - 3:50 pm

    What about ” I “

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  42. Beqkiee -  March 9, 2012 - 3:43 pm

    The first word I thought of was “Like”. Also, this article states that “way” and “way” are two completely different words. WRONG! I’m a writer, and they used “way” and “way” in the exact same way. No matter what people think, “way” only has one meaning. And you call this site a dictionary…

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  43. Beqkiee -  March 9, 2012 - 3:30 pm

    Great facts, but I could barely get through the article. Does anybody know how to properly write an article on this website? Because your conventions throughout this whole thing were unbearably terrible. As an author bad conventions like this drive me crazy. Please higher someone who knows how to properly write. Example: “Some of the words, like way,”
    Should be, “Some of these words like “way”,” Get your conventions right!

    Reply
  44. umm -  March 9, 2012 - 3:06 pm

    umm i think “umm” should be #1… who’s with me?

    Reply
  45. K8 Kelsey -  March 9, 2012 - 2:39 pm

    Haha. I knew “the” would be the list. “The “was the fist word i learned how to read in Kindergarten (I’m still in middle school, so I remember.)

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  46. eridanus -  March 9, 2012 - 1:56 pm

    For those wondering why “a” didn’t make the list–it shares some of the work with the word “an” of course!

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  47. haha -  March 9, 2012 - 1:40 pm

    start guessing!

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  48. haha -  March 9, 2012 - 1:39 pm

    start guessing

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  49. haha -  March 9, 2012 - 1:38 pm

    becha u cant guess what this really means!! Here It is ” I am YY for you”
    Hint hint: reading it out loud might help.

    Reply
  50. Ptron -  March 9, 2012 - 11:29 am

    I thought “be” would be more common. Many times when I write, I try to avoid the verb “be”–to speak in the active voice, not the passive–because it is a fun challenge and it makes for more vibrant writing. I suppose if you count the various forms of “be” (such as “is,” “are,” and “was”), it would be more common, but the word “be” itself is probably less common. I think I used a form of “be” four times in this post.

    Reply
  51. rotch -  March 9, 2012 - 10:43 am

    wow

    Reply
  52. I love POOP -  March 9, 2012 - 9:22 am

    I love dictionary facts! great comments everyone! Here is an interesting fact:
    Martin Pooper posted the ninety-five feces somewhere o-round october 31, 1517 in Poopenberg, Germany.

    Thanks have a nice day!

    Nemo

    Reply
  53. mommys kid -  March 9, 2012 - 9:09 am

    wt…… why did it post it twice??

    Reply
  54. mommys kid -  March 9, 2012 - 9:09 am

    ok, u guys are really negative.

    @ I love POOP

    get your fats right, i mean seriously. So imature.
    At least you didn’t sat Poopinberg.

    Ok now back to the subject U guys’s comments are sooooooo long who would even want to read that besides some worthless peabody.

    Jay

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  55. mommys kid -  March 9, 2012 - 9:08 am

    ok, u guys are really negative.

    @ I love POOP

    get your fats right, i mean seriously. Martin Pooper? ninety-five feces? So imature.
    At least you didn’t sat Poopinberg.

    Ok now back to the subject U guys’s comments are sooooooo long who would even want to read that besides some worthless peabody.

    Jay

    Reply
  56. bob -  March 9, 2012 - 9:01 am

    bobobobobobobobobobobobobobobobobobobobobobobob is awesome

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  57. Patrick -  March 9, 2012 - 8:39 am

    What about “Legit” all my friends say it in almost every sentence

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  58. Flake -  March 9, 2012 - 7:51 am

    Or OK???

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  59. ha -  March 9, 2012 - 5:47 am

    the word ‘like’ must be on the list, I think. My friends says it like, 20 times in a 2 minute conversation. And oh, I just said ‘like’! So there it is.

    Reply
  60. Kate -  March 9, 2012 - 12:59 am

    I find it interesting how ‘man’ is used so frequently.

    Reply
  61. sadie -  March 8, 2012 - 12:55 pm

    What about “a”?

    Reply
  62. mukesh -  March 8, 2012 - 10:04 am

    This is really interesting facts..

    Reply
  63. Rob -  March 8, 2012 - 5:53 am

    the example given of way having 2 different meanings is incorrect. the meaning is exactly the same in both cases. ‘Way’ is similar to ‘Direction’

    Reply
  64. JAC -  March 8, 2012 - 5:29 am

    And the word the is a word that usually is useless. In Mandarin Chinese they have measure words but no useless word like the.

    Reply
  65. bob marley -  March 8, 2012 - 2:38 am

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    March 6, 2012 56 Comments Share What word will you say the most often in your life? The word you use most commonly is probably the word all English-speakers use: the.

    What are the most-used words in the English language?
    One way to trace most-frequently-used words is with the search magic of Google Ngram viewer. With the Ngram viewer, you type a word, and it tells you how often that word is used over a specific time period, based on the Google Books database. For example, the word “the” is used about 5% of the time, which means that in every text of 100 words, 5 of those words are “the.” Similarly, the word “of” is used about 3% of the time, and the word “and” is used about 2.5% of the time.

    The folks over at Oxford Dictionaries compiled a comprehensive analysis of English-language usage called the Oxford English Corpus. In this sense, a corpus is the entire body of words and phrases that constitute a language. See their complete analysis here.

    Obviously, most of the most commonly used words are short words that help build sentences. As in the previous sentence, the words of, are, that, and the join the parts of the sentence that make the idea. Linguists call these “function words.” 84 of the top 100 words are function words.

    Things get interesting when you look at the list of top 10 nouns:
    time
    person
    year
    way
    day
    thing
    man
    world
    life
    hand
    Some of the words, like way, have many different meanings, which may be why they are more frequently used. For example, you could say, “She’s lost her way” or “that’s the way to the grocery store.” It is the same word in both instances, but they are very different meanings. Another reason certain words occur frequently has to do with their use in common phrases. So a word like time is used often, and it also appears in many common phrases, like last time, in time, next time, etc.

    Journalists have suggested banishing overused words. Learn about the banished words from 2011 here.

    Do these words surprise you? Are there words you expected to be common that aren’t?

    Author: Hot Word | Posted in Uncategorized 58 CommentsKatie on March 6, 2012 at 5:49 pm
    So… “the” is only used five times out of 100? Doesn’t it really depend on how you are communicating? If you’re talking you use different words. Authors tend to try to mix it up a little, but nobody bothers to go through the trouble when they’re talking.
    Day Translations on March 6, 2012 at 7:16 pm
    I got that right, “the” is indeed widely used. Interesting to know about the Ngram viewer, no idea it existed.
    Ironic Twist on March 6, 2012 at 7:46 pm
    “Epic”.

    Way overrated.

    First comment!
    ranger on March 6, 2012 at 8:16 pm
    Do you also count “of” when it is used incorrectly? Example: I could of done that job in 20 seconds.
    Kitty Katterson on March 6, 2012 at 8:35 pm
    Hmmm. Very interesting.
    Kitty Katterson on March 6, 2012 at 8:35 pm
    not
    Walmir do Nascimento Silva on March 6, 2012 at 8:41 pm
    Excellent method.

    Very interesting.

    Unusual means of teaching and learning English.

    Congratulations.

    Walmir.
    Alex Geyer on March 6, 2012 at 9:00 pm
    The northerners come from the wilderness!
    Ironic Twist on March 6, 2012 at 9:22 pm
    What about a?
    Lulu Jones on March 6, 2012 at 10:20 pm
    Dictionary.com: Y U No put newer comments on top???
    IQ on March 6, 2012 at 11:57 pm
    I got the “the” right! But I thought there should be a “a” in the list too!

    Google Ngram Viewer? What is that? Never heard of it! Interesting! I’ll check it out!
    Joan on March 7, 2012 at 12:29 am
    not very interesting.. i think i read a similar article before..
    Aisha Arif on March 7, 2012 at 1:01 am
    WaYY less interesting than i expected.
    Nobody in particular on March 7, 2012 at 1:30 am
    I noticed that man got onto the list but woman didn’t. Hmmm…
    Sophie on March 7, 2012 at 1:38 am
    My friend says on average, the word ‘like’ 23 times in a two minute conversation. It is painful.
    Paula on March 7, 2012 at 3:36 am
    What are the most common verbs?
    Harry Shingles on March 7, 2012 at 3:51 am
    MMMMMMMMMMMM drugs
    harry shingles on March 7, 2012 at 3:55 am
    i love my hamster and i talk to it alot and i love drugs and sharing with my sister but parents are peados because ones a childminder and the other ones a child doctor
    J.J.Rousseau on March 7, 2012 at 4:12 am
    Uh, Oui?
    Janey on March 7, 2012 at 6:22 am
    Like, I’m surprised that “like” isn’t on the list, you know?

    ;^p
    Brittany love bug on March 7, 2012 at 6:32 am
    absolutly retarted
    tacos are better than that
    mary torres so swagging on March 7, 2012 at 6:36 am
    what do you like to do for fun?
    Brittany love bug on March 7, 2012 at 6:46 am
    actually i think tacos are the best and this is the worst
    Obee on March 7, 2012 at 6:58 am
    “clearly” and “amazing” have become trite!
    Phlondar on March 7, 2012 at 7:33 am
    I Agree with Ranger, There’s a lot of people using some words wrong like “of”. Example: “I could OF done that job in 20 seconds.” instead of; “I could HAVE done that job in 20 seconds.”
    thomas jefferson on March 7, 2012 at 7:35 am
    indubitably
    D R K on March 7, 2012 at 7:41 am
    Very interesting indeed.
    thomas jefferson on March 7, 2012 at 7:43 am
    that cannot be doubted
    thomas jefferson on March 7, 2012 at 7:44 am
    patently evident
    thomas jefferson on March 7, 2012 at 7:44 am
    certain
    thomas jefferson on March 7, 2012 at 7:44 am
    unquestionable
    thomas jefferson on March 7, 2012 at 7:45 am
    MY THIRST FOR KNOWLEDGE IS UNQUENCHABLE!!!!
    thomas jefferson on March 7, 2012 at 7:47 am
    my thirst for knowledge is unquenchable
    thomas jefferson on March 7, 2012 at 7:49 am
    UNQUENCHABLE IS MY THIRST FOR KNOWLEDGE!!!
    madcopy on March 7, 2012 at 7:51 am
    The thing is, by this time next year, I’ll be on my way to see the world so that one day, the person I am now may grow into a man whose life purpose is giving a hand to others.
    Benjamin Franklin on March 7, 2012 at 7:53 am
    Sir Thomas Jefferson’s thirst for knowledge is unquenchable.
    Donna Watt Tse on March 7, 2012 at 9:04 am
    There was a “time” when a “person” in every “way” could have a “hand” in his destiny or have a place in this “world” and his “life” was a “thing” that in a “day” could change a “man” in this “way” for a “year”…………I buy that.

    But what about ” I ” and “you”. Aren’t these more frequently used?
    kallum mehta on March 7, 2012 at 9:43 am
    ‘like’ must be used as one of the most used words!
    Danielle on March 7, 2012 at 9:51 am
    TO ranger:
    “Of” can not be used in that situation. The sentence, though often pronounced incorrectly, is actually “I could have done that job in 20 seconds”, in which there is no difference!
    Dillan Doe on March 7, 2012 at 9:53 am
    Time Person of the Year, made most popular by exploiting search engine optimization. The printed media is attempting to stay relevant.
    Mr. D [A.K.A] Elysian on March 7, 2012 at 10:02 am
    I LOVE MARY!
    Jesus on March 7, 2012 at 10:11 am
    comment
    MissMe Ah-Eee! on March 7, 2012 at 10:22 am
    Yay, finally a new hotword! Woot
    Im in at the 43rd comment-sweetness!!

    My most used word is -awesome- <yes with an 'e'
    This is used when describing myself :p ahahaha

    reply if youre awesome too!
    Zuma muhammed Bello on March 7, 2012 at 10:26 am
    Quite interesting.
    vicaari on March 7, 2012 at 10:27 am
    Fascinating in4mation!
    @ the outset–the TITLE– I did think of THE–I was right.
    It’s very interesting, in4mative & enjoyable
    Thank you
    Mr. D [A.K.A] Elysian on March 7, 2012 at 10:38 am
    What a twist!
    MissMe Ah-Eee! on March 7, 2012 at 10:40 am
    As for words, i think adjectives are one of my favorites…
    Adjectives answer how the information/idea is presented
    They indicate style,attitude etc that give the writing its unique’ity<>L.T.Rhyme [...]
    MissMe Ah-Eee! on March 7, 2012 at 12:23 pm
    TO-NOONE IN PARTICULAR

    “I noticed that man got onto the list but woman didn’t. Hmmm…”

    Man#7 and Woman#14

    From what i see, this little “factoid” suggests first off that man is twice as important of a -word-…but maybe its because while complaints outweigh compliments, men get more therefore their sex would be mentioned more often lol ahh ha suckers!
    jay selvey on March 7, 2012 at 12:30 pm
    What’s the big thing about being the first to post? And why are the people that claim this dubious honor 90% wrong?”
    A Future Author on March 7, 2012 at 1:30 pm
    Er… I have to honest, that wasn’t as fascinating as I anticipated on it to be. “The” being one of the most popular words is not in the least surprising, in fact I bet numerous more people than me expected it, but what about “a”? Or, how about “like” or “you” or “I”? I really want to know how much research they did to create this article, because honestly I don’t understand how the words I listed above aren’t used very often- or at least often enough that the words could have made the list. Also, are they referring to when you use the words to speak, to write, or both? The article was not very clear, but at least it confirmed my suspicions that the word “the” is used more frequently than any other word.
    Speller on March 7, 2012 at 1:30 pm
    Most used words for me:

    The

    Best

    Hey

    Epic

    Sweet

    Wow

    And

    Really

    I

    Think
    Jumblemumble123344 on March 7, 2012 at 1:33 pm
    said is one of the most commonly used words. FACT.
    ruby on March 7, 2012 at 1:47 pm
    I agree that “like” is used frequently, as is (at least in the UK) “you know”. But these tend to be used mostly in speech so would not be picked up by this survey which (I think) looked at the written word.

    Also, I’m not sure that “she’s lost her way” and “that’s the way to the grocery store” are completely different uses of “way”. They both refer to direction – even if one is allegoric.
    lillylovesponge on March 7, 2012 at 1:50 pm
    cool.
    Harry Shingles on March 8, 2012 at 1:52 am
    i love fifa and drugs and lewis leban
    Harry Shingles on March 8, 2012 at 1:54 am
    i like the words in da dictonary ive read da all DRUGs

    Read more at http://hotword.dictionary.com/commonwords/#kS1J0qXDReUc17lb.99

    Reply
  66. Harry Shingles -  March 8, 2012 - 2:37 am

    hi

    Reply
  67. Harry Shingles -  March 8, 2012 - 2:00 am

    What are the most-used words in English?
    March 6, 2012 56 Comments Share What word will you say the most often in your life? The word you use most commonly is probably the word all English-speakers use: the.

    What are the most-used words in the English language?
    One way to trace most-frequently-used words is with the search magic of Google Ngram viewer. With the Ngram viewer, you type a word, and it tells you how often that word is used over a specific time period, based on the Google Books database. For example, the word “the” is used about 5% of the time, which means that in every text of 100 words, 5 of those words are “the.” Similarly, the word “of” is used about 3% of the time, and the word “and” is used about 2.5% of the time.

    The folks over at Oxford Dictionaries compiled a comprehensive analysis of English-language usage called the Oxford English Corpus. In this sense, a corpus is the entire body of words and phrases that constitute a language. See their complete analysis here.

    Obviously, most of the most commonly used words are short words that help build sentences. As in the previous sentence, the words of, are, that, and the join the parts of the sentence that make the idea. Linguists call these “function words.” 84 of the top 100 words are function words.

    Things get interesting when you look at the list of top 10 nouns:
    time
    person
    year
    way
    day
    thing
    man
    world
    life
    hand
    Some of the words, like way, have many different meanings, which may be why they are more frequently used. For example, you could say, “She’s lost her way” or “that’s the way to the grocery store.” It is the same word in both instances, but they are very different meanings. Another reason certain words occur frequently has to do with their use in common phrases. So a word like time is used often, and it also appears in many common phrases, like last time, in time, next time, etc.

    Journalists have suggested banishing overused words. Learn about the banished words from 2011 here.

    Do these words surprise you? Are there words you expected to be common that aren’t?

    Author: Hot Word | Posted in Uncategorized 59 CommentsKatie on March 6, 2012 at 5:49 pm
    So… “the” is only used five times out of 100? Doesn’t it really depend on how you are communicating? If you’re talking you use different words. Authors tend to try to mix it up a little, but nobody bothers to go through the trouble when they’re talking.
    Day Translations on March 6, 2012 at 7:16 pm
    I got that right, “the” is indeed widely used. Interesting to know about the Ngram viewer, no idea it existed.
    Ironic Twist on March 6, 2012 at 7:46 pm
    “Epic”.

    Way overrated.

    First comment!
    ranger on March 6, 2012 at 8:16 pm
    Do you also count “of” when it is used incorrectly? Example: I could of done that job in 20 seconds.
    Kitty Katterson on March 6, 2012 at 8:35 pm
    Hmmm. Very interesting.
    Kitty Katterson on March 6, 2012 at 8:35 pm
    not
    Walmir do Nascimento Silva on March 6, 2012 at 8:41 pm
    Excellent method.

    Very interesting.

    Unusual means of teaching and learning English.

    Congratulations.

    Walmir.
    Alex Geyer on March 6, 2012 at 9:00 pm
    The northerners come from the wilderness!
    Ironic Twist on March 6, 2012 at 9:22 pm
    What about a?
    Lulu Jones on March 6, 2012 at 10:20 pm
    Dictionary.com: Y U No put newer comments on top???
    IQ on March 6, 2012 at 11:57 pm
    I got the “the” right! But I thought there should be a “a” in the list too!

    Google Ngram Viewer? What is that? Never heard of it! Interesting! I’ll check it out!
    Joan on March 7, 2012 at 12:29 am
    not very interesting.. i think i read a similar article before..
    Aisha Arif on March 7, 2012 at 1:01 am
    WaYY less interesting than i expected.
    Nobody in particular on March 7, 2012 at 1:30 am
    I noticed that man got onto the list but woman didn’t. Hmmm…
    Sophie on March 7, 2012 at 1:38 am
    My friend says on average, the word ‘like’ 23 times in a two minute conversation. It is painful.
    Paula on March 7, 2012 at 3:36 am
    What are the most common verbs?
    Harry Shingles on March 7, 2012 at 3:51 am
    MMMMMMMMMMMM drugs
    harry shingles on March 7, 2012 at 3:55 am
    i love my hamster and i talk to it alot and i love drugs and sharing with my sister but parents are peados because ones a childminder and the other ones a child doctor
    J.J.Rousseau on March 7, 2012 at 4:12 am
    Uh, Oui?
    Janey on March 7, 2012 at 6:22 am
    Like, I’m surprised that “like” isn’t on the list, you know?

    ;^p
    Brittany love bug on March 7, 2012 at 6:32 am
    absolutly retarted
    tacos are better than that
    mary torres so swagging on March 7, 2012 at 6:36 am
    what do you like to do for fun?
    Brittany love bug on March 7, 2012 at 6:46 am
    actually i think tacos are the best and this is the worst
    Obee on March 7, 2012 at 6:58 am
    “clearly” and “amazing” have become trite!
    Phlondar on March 7, 2012 at 7:33 am
    I Agree with Ranger, There’s a lot of people using some words wrong like “of”. Example: “I could OF done that job in 20 seconds.” instead of; “I could HAVE done that job in 20 seconds.”
    thomas jefferson on March 7, 2012 at 7:35 am
    indubitably
    D R K on March 7, 2012 at 7:41 am
    Very interesting indeed.
    thomas jefferson on March 7, 2012 at 7:43 am
    that cannot be doubted
    thomas jefferson on March 7, 2012 at 7:44 am
    patently evident
    thomas jefferson on March 7, 2012 at 7:44 am
    certain
    thomas jefferson on March 7, 2012 at 7:44 am
    unquestionable
    thomas jefferson on March 7, 2012 at 7:45 am
    MY THIRST FOR KNOWLEDGE IS UNQUENCHABLE!!!!
    thomas jefferson on March 7, 2012 at 7:47 am
    my thirst for knowledge is unquenchable
    thomas jefferson on March 7, 2012 at 7:49 am
    UNQUENCHABLE IS MY THIRST FOR KNOWLEDGE!!!
    madcopy on March 7, 2012 at 7:51 am
    The thing is, by this time next year, I’ll be on my way to see the world so that one day, the person I am now may grow into a man whose life purpose is giving a hand to others.
    Benjamin Franklin on March 7, 2012 at 7:53 am
    Sir Thomas Jefferson’s thirst for knowledge is unquenchable.
    Donna Watt Tse on March 7, 2012 at 9:04 am
    There was a “time” when a “person” in every “way” could have a “hand” in his destiny or have a place in this “world” and his “life” was a “thing” that in a “day” could change a “man” in this “way” for a “year”…………I buy that.

    But what about ” I ” and “you”. Aren’t these more frequently used?
    kallum mehta on March 7, 2012 at 9:43 am
    ‘like’ must be used as one of the most used words!
    Danielle on March 7, 2012 at 9:51 am
    TO ranger:
    “Of” can not be used in that situation. The sentence, though often pronounced incorrectly, is actually “I could have done that job in 20 seconds”, in which there is no difference!
    Dillan Doe on March 7, 2012 at 9:53 am
    Time Person of the Year, made most popular by exploiting search engine optimization. The printed media is attempting to stay relevant.
    Mr. D [A.K.A] Elysian on March 7, 2012 at 10:02 am
    I LOVE MARY!
    Jesus on March 7, 2012 at 10:11 am
    comment
    MissMe Ah-Eee! on March 7, 2012 at 10:22 am
    Yay, finally a new hotword! Woot
    Im in at the 43rd comment-sweetness!!

    My most used word is -awesome- <yes with an 'e'
    This is used when describing myself :p ahahaha

    reply if youre awesome too!
    Zuma muhammed Bello on March 7, 2012 at 10:26 am
    Quite interesting.
    vicaari on March 7, 2012 at 10:27 am
    Fascinating in4mation!
    @ the outset–the TITLE– I did think of THE–I was right.
    It’s very interesting, in4mative & enjoyable
    Thank you
    Mr. D [A.K.A] Elysian on March 7, 2012 at 10:38 am
    What a twist!
    MissMe Ah-Eee! on March 7, 2012 at 10:40 am
    As for words, i think adjectives are one of my favorites…
    Adjectives answer how the information/idea is presented
    They indicate style,attitude etc that give the writing its unique’ity<>L.T.Rhyme [...]
    MissMe Ah-Eee! on March 7, 2012 at 12:23 pm
    TO-NOONE IN PARTICULAR

    “I noticed that man got onto the list but woman didn’t. Hmmm…”

    Man#7 and Woman#14

    From what i see, this little “factoid” suggests first off that man is twice as important of a -word-…but maybe its because while complaints outweigh compliments, men get more therefore their sex would be mentioned more often lol ahh ha suckers!
    jay selvey on March 7, 2012 at 12:30 pm
    What’s the big thing about being the first to post? And why are the people that claim this dubious honor 90% wrong?”
    A Future Author on March 7, 2012 at 1:30 pm
    Er… I have to honest, that wasn’t as fascinating as I anticipated on it to be. “The” being one of the most popular words is not in the least surprising, in fact I bet numerous more people than me expected it, but what about “a”? Or, how about “like” or “you” or “I”? I really want to know how much research they did to create this article, because honestly I don’t understand how the words I listed above aren’t used very often- or at least often enough that the words could have made the list. Also, are they referring to when you use the words to speak, to write, or both? The article was not very clear, but at least it confirmed my suspicions that the word “the” is used more frequently than any other word.
    Speller on March 7, 2012 at 1:30 pm
    Most used words for me:

    The

    Best

    Hey

    Epic

    Sweet

    Wow

    And

    Really

    I

    Think
    Jumblemumble123344 on March 7, 2012 at 1:33 pm
    said is one of the most commonly used words. FACT.
    ruby on March 7, 2012 at 1:47 pm
    I agree that “like” is used frequently, as is (at least in the UK) “you know”. But these tend to be used mostly in speech so would not be picked up by this survey which (I think) looked at the written word.

    Also, I’m not sure that “she’s lost her way” and “that’s the way to the grocery store” are completely different uses of “way”. They both refer to direction – even if one is allegoric.
    lillylovesponge on March 7, 2012 at 1:50 pm
    cool.
    Harry Shingles on March 8, 2012 at 1:52 am
    i love fifa and drugs and lewis leban
    Harry Shingles on March 8, 2012 at 1:54 am
    i like the words in da dictonary ive read da all DRUGs
    Harry Shingles on March 8, 2012 at 1:58 am
    interesting.

    Unusual means of teaching and learning English.

    Congratulations.

    Walmir.
    Alex Geyer on March 6, 2012 at 9:00 pm
    The northerners come from the wilderness!
    Ironic Twist on March 6, 2012 at 9:22 pm
    What about a?
    Lulu Jones on March 6, 2012 at 10:20 pm
    Dictionary.com: Y U No put newer comments on top???
    IQ on March 6, 2012 at 11:57 pm
    I got the “the” right! But I thought there should be a “a” in the list too!

    Google Ngram Viewer? What is that? Never heard of it! Interesting! I’ll check it out!
    Joan on March 7, 2012 at 12:29 am
    not very interesting.. i think i read a similar article before..
    Aisha Arif on March 7, 2012 at 1:01 am
    WaYY less interesting than i expected.
    Nobody in particular on March 7, 2012 at 1:30 am
    I noticed that man got onto the list but woman didn’t. Hmmm…
    Sophie on March 7, 2012 at 1:38 am
    My friend says on average, the word ‘like’ 23 times in a two minute conversation. It is painful.
    Paula on March 7, 2012 at 3:36 am
    What are the most common verbs?
    Harry Shingles on March 7, 2012 at 3:51 am
    MMMMMMMMMMMM drugs
    harry shingles on March 7, 2012 at 3:55 am
    i love my hamster and i talk to it alot and i love drugs and sharing with my sister but parents are peados because ones a childminder and the other ones a child doctor
    J.J.Rousseau on March 7, 2012 at 4:12 am
    Uh, Oui?
    Janey on March 7, 2012 at 6:22 am
    Like, I’m surprised that “like” isn’t on the list, you know?

    ;^p
    Brittany love bug on March 7, 2012 at 6:32 am
    absolutly retarted
    tacos are better than that
    mary torres so swagging on March 7, 2012 at 6:36 am
    what do you like to do for fun?
    Brittany love bug on March 7, 2012 at 6:46 am
    actually i think tacos are the best and this is the worst
    Obee on March 7, 2012 at 6:58 am
    “clearly” and “amazing” have become trite!
    Phlondar on March 7, 2012 at 7:33 am
    I Agree with Ranger, There’s a lot of people using some words wrong like “of”. Example: “I could OF done that job in 20 seconds.” instead of; “I could HAVE done that job in 20 seconds.”
    thomas jefferson on March 7, 2012 at 7:35 am
    indubitably
    D R K on March 7, 2012 at 7:41 am
    Very interesting indeed.
    thomas jefferson on March 7, 2012 at 7:43 am
    that cannot be doubted
    thomas jefferson on March 7, 2012 at 7:44 am
    patently evident
    thomas jefferson on March 7, 2012 at 7:44 am
    certain
    thomas jefferson on March 7, 2012 at 7:44 am
    unquestionable
    thomas jefferson on March 7, 2012 at 7:45 am
    MY THIRST FOR KNOWLEDGE IS UNQUENCHABLE!!!!
    thomas jefferson on March 7, 2012 at 7:47 am
    my thirst for knowledge is unquenchable
    thomas jefferson on March 7, 2012 at 7:49 am
    UNQUENCHABLE IS MY THIRST FOR KNOWLEDGE!!!
    madcopy on March 7, 2012 at 7:51 am
    The thing is, by this time next year, I’ll be on my way to see the world so that one day, the person I am now may grow into a man whose life purpose is giving a hand to others.
    Benjamin Franklin on March 7, 2012 at 7:53 am
    Sir Thomas Jefferson’s thirst for knowledge is unquenchable.
    Donna Watt Tse on March 7, 2012 at 9:04 am
    There was a “time” when a “person” in every “way” could have a “hand” in his destiny or have a place in this “world” and his “life” was a “thing” that in a “day” could change a “man” in this “way” for a “year”…………I buy that.

    But what about ” I ” and “you”. Aren’t these more frequently used?
    kallum mehta on March 7, 2012 at 9:43 am
    ‘like’ must be used as one of the most used words!
    Danielle on March 7, 2012 at 9:51 am
    TO ranger:
    “Of” can not be used in that situation. The sentence, though often pronounced incorrectly, is actually “I could have done that job in 20 seconds”, in which there is no difference!
    Dillan Doe on March 7, 2012 at 9:53 am
    Time Person of the Year, made most popular by exploiting search engine optimization. The printed media is attempting to stay relevant.
    Mr. D [A.K.A] Elysian on March 7, 2012 at 10:02 am
    I LOVE MARY!
    Jesus on March 7, 2012 at 10:11 am
    comment
    MissMe Ah-Eee! on March 7, 2012 at 10:22 am
    Yay, finally a new hotword! Woot
    Im in at the 43rd comment-sweetness!!

    My most used word is -awesome- <yes with an 'e'
    This is used when describing myself :p ahahaha

    reply if youre awesome too!
    Zuma muhammed Bello on March 7, 2012 at 10:26 am
    Quite interesting.
    vicaari on March 7, 2012 at 10:27 am
    Fascinating in4mation!
    @ the outset–the TITLE– I did think of THE–I was right.
    It’s very interesting, in4mative & enjoyable
    Thank you
    Mr. D [A.K.A] Elysian on March 7, 2012 at 10:38 am
    What a twist!
    MissMe Ah-Eee! on March 7, 2012 at 10:40 am
    As for words, i think adjectives are one of my favorites…
    Adjectives answer how the information/idea is presented
    They indicate style,attitude etc that give the writing its unique’ityL.T.Rhyme [...]
    MissMe Ah-Eee! on March 7, 2012 at 12:23 pm
    TO-NOONE IN PARTICULAR

    “I noticed that man got onto the list but woman didn’t. Hmmm…”

    Man#7 and Woman#14

    From what i see, this little “factoid” suggests first off that man is twice as important of a -word-…but maybe its because while complaints outweigh compliments, men get more therefore their sex would be mentioned more often lol ahh ha suckers!
    jay selvey on March 7, 2012 at 12:30 pm
    What’s the big thing about being the first to post? And why are the people that claim this dubious honor 90% wrong?”
    A Future Author on March 7, 2012 at 1:30 pm
    Er… I have to honest, that wasn’t as fascinating as I anticipated on it to be. “The” being one of the most popular words is not in the least surprising, in fact I bet numerous more people than me expected it, but what about “a”? Or, how about “like” or “you” or “I”? I really want to know how much research they did to create this article, because honestly I don’t understand how the words I listed above aren’t used very often- or at least often enough that the words could have made the list. Also, are they referring to when you use the words to speak, to write, or both? The article was not very clear, but at least it confirmed my suspicions that the word “the” is used more frequently than any other word.
    Speller on March 7, 2012 at 1:30 pm
    Most used words for me:

    The

    Best

    Hey

    Epic

    Sweet

    Wow

    And

    Really

    I

    Think
    Jumblemumble123344 on March 7, 2012 at 1:33 pm
    said is one of the most commonly used words. FACT.
    ruby on March 7, 2012 at 1:47 pm
    I agree that “like” is used frequently, as is (at least in the UK) “you know”. But these tend to be used mostly in speech so would not be picked up by this survey which (I think) looked at the written word.

    Also, I’m not sure that “she’s lost her way” and “that’s the way to the grocery store” are completely different uses of “way”. They both refer to direction – even if one is allegoric.
    lillylovesponge on March 7, 2012 at 1:50 pm
    cool.
    Harry Shingles on March 8, 2012 at 1:52 am
    i love fifa and drugs and lewis leban
    Harry Shingles on March 8, 2012 at 1:54 am
    i like the words in da dictonary ive read da all DRUGs

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  68. Harry Shingles -  March 8, 2012 - 1:58 am

    interesting.

    Unusual means of teaching and learning English.

    Congratulations.

    Walmir.
    Alex Geyer on March 6, 2012 at 9:00 pm
    The northerners come from the wilderness!
    Ironic Twist on March 6, 2012 at 9:22 pm
    What about a?
    Lulu Jones on March 6, 2012 at 10:20 pm
    Dictionary.com: Y U No put newer comments on top???
    IQ on March 6, 2012 at 11:57 pm
    I got the “the” right! But I thought there should be a “a” in the list too!

    Google Ngram Viewer? What is that? Never heard of it! Interesting! I’ll check it out!
    Joan on March 7, 2012 at 12:29 am
    not very interesting.. i think i read a similar article before..
    Aisha Arif on March 7, 2012 at 1:01 am
    WaYY less interesting than i expected.
    Nobody in particular on March 7, 2012 at 1:30 am
    I noticed that man got onto the list but woman didn’t. Hmmm…
    Sophie on March 7, 2012 at 1:38 am
    My friend says on average, the word ‘like’ 23 times in a two minute conversation. It is painful.
    Paula on March 7, 2012 at 3:36 am
    What are the most common verbs?
    Harry Shingles on March 7, 2012 at 3:51 am
    MMMMMMMMMMMM drugs
    harry shingles on March 7, 2012 at 3:55 am
    i love my hamster and i talk to it alot and i love drugs and sharing with my sister but parents are peados because ones a childminder and the other ones a child doctor
    J.J.Rousseau on March 7, 2012 at 4:12 am
    Uh, Oui?
    Janey on March 7, 2012 at 6:22 am
    Like, I’m surprised that “like” isn’t on the list, you know?

    ;^p
    Brittany love bug on March 7, 2012 at 6:32 am
    absolutly retarted
    tacos are better than that
    mary torres so swagging on March 7, 2012 at 6:36 am
    what do you like to do for fun?
    Brittany love bug on March 7, 2012 at 6:46 am
    actually i think tacos are the best and this is the worst
    Obee on March 7, 2012 at 6:58 am
    “clearly” and “amazing” have become trite!
    Phlondar on March 7, 2012 at 7:33 am
    I Agree with Ranger, There’s a lot of people using some words wrong like “of”. Example: “I could OF done that job in 20 seconds.” instead of; “I could HAVE done that job in 20 seconds.”
    thomas jefferson on March 7, 2012 at 7:35 am
    indubitably
    D R K on March 7, 2012 at 7:41 am
    Very interesting indeed.
    thomas jefferson on March 7, 2012 at 7:43 am
    that cannot be doubted
    thomas jefferson on March 7, 2012 at 7:44 am
    patently evident
    thomas jefferson on March 7, 2012 at 7:44 am
    certain
    thomas jefferson on March 7, 2012 at 7:44 am
    unquestionable
    thomas jefferson on March 7, 2012 at 7:45 am
    MY THIRST FOR KNOWLEDGE IS UNQUENCHABLE!!!!
    thomas jefferson on March 7, 2012 at 7:47 am
    my thirst for knowledge is unquenchable
    thomas jefferson on March 7, 2012 at 7:49 am
    UNQUENCHABLE IS MY THIRST FOR KNOWLEDGE!!!
    madcopy on March 7, 2012 at 7:51 am
    The thing is, by this time next year, I’ll be on my way to see the world so that one day, the person I am now may grow into a man whose life purpose is giving a hand to others.
    Benjamin Franklin on March 7, 2012 at 7:53 am
    Sir Thomas Jefferson’s thirst for knowledge is unquenchable.
    Donna Watt Tse on March 7, 2012 at 9:04 am
    There was a “time” when a “person” in every “way” could have a “hand” in his destiny or have a place in this “world” and his “life” was a “thing” that in a “day” could change a “man” in this “way” for a “year”…………I buy that.

    But what about ” I ” and “you”. Aren’t these more frequently used?
    kallum mehta on March 7, 2012 at 9:43 am
    ‘like’ must be used as one of the most used words!
    Danielle on March 7, 2012 at 9:51 am
    TO ranger:
    “Of” can not be used in that situation. The sentence, though often pronounced incorrectly, is actually “I could have done that job in 20 seconds”, in which there is no difference!
    Dillan Doe on March 7, 2012 at 9:53 am
    Time Person of the Year, made most popular by exploiting search engine optimization. The printed media is attempting to stay relevant.
    Mr. D [A.K.A] Elysian on March 7, 2012 at 10:02 am
    I LOVE MARY!
    Jesus on March 7, 2012 at 10:11 am
    comment
    MissMe Ah-Eee! on March 7, 2012 at 10:22 am
    Yay, finally a new hotword! Woot
    Im in at the 43rd comment-sweetness!!

    My most used word is -awesome- <yes with an 'e'
    This is used when describing myself :p ahahaha

    reply if youre awesome too!
    Zuma muhammed Bello on March 7, 2012 at 10:26 am
    Quite interesting.
    vicaari on March 7, 2012 at 10:27 am
    Fascinating in4mation!
    @ the outset–the TITLE– I did think of THE–I was right.
    It’s very interesting, in4mative & enjoyable
    Thank you
    Mr. D [A.K.A] Elysian on March 7, 2012 at 10:38 am
    What a twist!
    MissMe Ah-Eee! on March 7, 2012 at 10:40 am
    As for words, i think adjectives are one of my favorites…
    Adjectives answer how the information/idea is presented
    They indicate style,attitude etc that give the writing its unique’ity<>L.T.Rhyme [...]
    MissMe Ah-Eee! on March 7, 2012 at 12:23 pm
    TO-NOONE IN PARTICULAR

    “I noticed that man got onto the list but woman didn’t. Hmmm…”

    Man#7 and Woman#14

    From what i see, this little “factoid” suggests first off that man is twice as important of a -word-…but maybe its because while complaints outweigh compliments, men get more therefore their sex would be mentioned more often lol ahh ha suckers!
    jay selvey on March 7, 2012 at 12:30 pm
    What’s the big thing about being the first to post? And why are the people that claim this dubious honor 90% wrong?”
    A Future Author on March 7, 2012 at 1:30 pm
    Er… I have to honest, that wasn’t as fascinating as I anticipated on it to be. “The” being one of the most popular words is not in the least surprising, in fact I bet numerous more people than me expected it, but what about “a”? Or, how about “like” or “you” or “I”? I really want to know how much research they did to create this article, because honestly I don’t understand how the words I listed above aren’t used very often- or at least often enough that the words could have made the list. Also, are they referring to when you use the words to speak, to write, or both? The article was not very clear, but at least it confirmed my suspicions that the word “the” is used more frequently than any other word.
    Speller on March 7, 2012 at 1:30 pm
    Most used words for me:

    The

    Best

    Hey

    Epic

    Sweet

    Wow

    And

    Really

    I

    Think
    Jumblemumble123344 on March 7, 2012 at 1:33 pm
    said is one of the most commonly used words. FACT.
    ruby on March 7, 2012 at 1:47 pm
    I agree that “like” is used frequently, as is (at least in the UK) “you know”. But these tend to be used mostly in speech so would not be picked up by this survey which (I think) looked at the written word.

    Also, I’m not sure that “she’s lost her way” and “that’s the way to the grocery store” are completely different uses of “way”. They both refer to direction – even if one is allegoric.
    lillylovesponge on March 7, 2012 at 1:50 pm
    cool.
    Harry Shingles on March 8, 2012 at 1:52 am
    i love fifa and drugs and lewis leban
    Harry Shingles on March 8, 2012 at 1:54 am
    i like the words in da dictonary ive read da all DRUGs

    Read more at http://hotword.dictionary.com/commonwords/#GsX470cytXCBWeu0.99

    Reply
  69. IQ -  March 7, 2012 - 11:59 pm

    I agree with Lulu that they should put the newest comment on the top!

    And I wonder why somebody got their names in blue but most of them(including me) are black?

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  70. lolbanana!! -  March 7, 2012 - 10:49 pm

    um,mmmmm so the is the most common word?? think again!!aglet aglet aglet aglet aglet aglet 6 that is the most uncommon word guys hahaha!!

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  71. emiza -  March 7, 2012 - 9:33 pm

    Lol. The word is ‘the’. I used the word 3 times already!

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  72. Wouldge -  March 7, 2012 - 8:25 pm

    It says the top ten nouns… the is not a noun

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  73. KIKKI -  March 7, 2012 - 8:16 pm

    wow that was unwxpected ….lol …..well i think that chimunks is a funny word… Gday ‘man’ lolololololoolololololololololololololololololololol :P :P :P : P: P : P :P P; P: P :P : P: P:P : PP ;) (P.S. winky faces are the sexy ones )

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  74. dunnojustneedaname -  March 7, 2012 - 7:00 pm

    what about “up”? you know, get up, stand up, throw up, thumbs up, time is up, what’s up, up the ante, and so on.

    Reply
  75. Jetbootsu0923 -  March 7, 2012 - 6:57 pm

    I did not know this.
    I thought “I” would be one of them

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  76. asdf -  March 7, 2012 - 6:45 pm

    wow

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  77. sherrisse -  March 7, 2012 - 6:31 pm

    What about ‘like’?

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  78. Calvin -  March 7, 2012 - 5:57 pm

    Thought TV (television) might be there but suppose it says much about the modern world…now it’s i-phone or computer.
    How about ‘car’ as most can’t do without one.

    Reply
  79. hofneondeion21 -  March 7, 2012 - 5:33 pm

    what about the word “Like”? that’s starting to trend..like you know? lol!

    Reply
  80. Alex -  March 7, 2012 - 5:32 pm

    Look at the top comment then read it. She thinks “the” is used more often than the article stated, but only used ” the” once in fourty words.

    Reply
  81. Frog -  March 7, 2012 - 5:26 pm

    About the “I could OF done that job in 20 seconds”-what people are saying is could’ve, a contraction for could HAVE, which is correct.

    Reply
  82. Ryan -  March 7, 2012 - 5:20 pm

    Like, dude, a, etc…these are are words our society (unfortunately) uses may too often as well.

    If “um” was a word, it would’ve won HANDS DOWN.

    Reply
  83. Jayson -  March 7, 2012 - 5:19 pm

    Like is not there my teacher said to not say the word like TOO MANY TIMES

    Reply
  84. hiperson -  March 7, 2012 - 4:34 pm

    who knows aydan nyburg what a strong boy fighting lukemia

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  85. mary torres so swagging -  March 7, 2012 - 4:31 pm

    i like to party every weekend.:)

    Reply
  86. mary torres so swagging -  March 7, 2012 - 4:30 pm

    i like to prty every weekend :)

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  87. mary torres so swagging -  March 7, 2012 - 4:30 pm

    :)

    Reply
  88. mary torres so swagging -  March 7, 2012 - 4:29 pm

    8:)

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  89. mary torres so swagging -  March 7, 2012 - 4:29 pm

    :X

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  90. mary torres so swagging -  March 7, 2012 - 4:28 pm

    :D

    Reply
  91. hiperson -  March 7, 2012 - 4:23 pm

    great???????????????? very interesting

    Reply
  92. hiperson -  March 7, 2012 - 4:22 pm

    great????????????

    Reply
  93. mary torres so swagging -  March 7, 2012 - 4:21 pm

    what who just said they love me awww thank you after all i am loved lol:D

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  94. MissMe Ah-Eee! -  March 7, 2012 - 4:01 pm

    lmao @ “Bi-winning”
    I agree with, like, a ton of people. Like, like is the most, like, overused word

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  95. JJ in Chula Vista, CA -  March 7, 2012 - 3:14 pm

    The word “the” is commonly used in English on an intrinsic and subconscious level, in both written and spoken English, partly because it does not vary like in many other languages.

    Where there are four forms for “the” in Spanish, i.e. the words: el, la, las, and los, there are three in German, der, die, and das, for example, and assigning gender to a noun becomes paramount to forming proper sentences in these languages.

    English has simplified over the millennia, resulting in “the” being paired automatically with all nouns, singular or plural. In Spanish, you generally learn or refer to a noun with its article, “el oso, la silla, los burritos, las sandillas,” and with it you can know the gender of the noun by the word itself (for the most part). In German, you have “der Mond, die Sonne, das Fenster.” Whereas in English, that’s not important any more other than making certain we place the word “the” properly within the sentence, resulting in its repeated use.

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  96. Mackenzie -  March 7, 2012 - 3:05 pm

    cool! and was there a hot word yesterday??? i dont think so not for me……..
    and how about the adjective- awesome?! everybody uses that i think. i dont really say epic much….
    oh yeah, and i use ‘like’ A LOT!!!!!!!!!!!
    bye
    peace

    Reply
  97. Immanuel Jackson -  March 7, 2012 - 3:05 pm

    I agree the word “THE” is most definetelty the word I use most in life.

    Reply
  98. ????? -  March 7, 2012 - 3:03 pm

    who cares

    Reply
  99. Kayla -  March 7, 2012 - 2:50 pm

    like, epic, and um

    Reply
  100. lillylovesponge -  March 7, 2012 - 1:50 pm

    cool.

    Reply
  101. ruby -  March 7, 2012 - 1:47 pm

    I agree that “like” is used frequently, as is (at least in the UK) “you know”. But these tend to be used mostly in speech so would not be picked up by this survey which (I think) looked at the written word.

    Also, I’m not sure that “she’s lost her way” and “that’s the way to the grocery store” are completely different uses of “way”. They both refer to direction – even if one is allegoric.

    Reply
  102. Speller -  March 7, 2012 - 1:30 pm

    Most used words for me:

    The

    Best

    Hey

    Epic

    Sweet

    Wow

    And

    Really

    I

    Think

    Reply
  103. A Future Author -  March 7, 2012 - 1:30 pm

    Er… I have to honest, that wasn’t as fascinating as I anticipated on it to be. “The” being one of the most popular words is not in the least surprising, in fact I bet numerous more people than me expected it, but what about “a”? Or, how about “like” or “you” or “I”? I really want to know how much research they did to create this article, because honestly I don’t understand how the words I listed above aren’t used very often- or at least often enough that the words could have made the list. Also, are they referring to when you use the words to speak, to write, or both? The article was not very clear, but at least it confirmed my suspicions that the word “the” is used more frequently than any other word.

    Reply
  104. jay selvey -  March 7, 2012 - 12:30 pm

    What’s the big thing about being the first to post? And why are the people that claim this dubious honor 90% wrong?”

    Reply
  105. MissMe Ah-Eee! -  March 7, 2012 - 12:23 pm

    TO-NOONE IN PARTICULAR

    “I noticed that man got onto the list but woman didn’t. Hmmm…”

    Man#7 and Woman#14

    From what i see, this little “factoid” suggests first off that man is twice as important of a -word-…but maybe its because while complaints outweigh compliments, men get more therefore their sex would be mentioned more often lol ahh ha suckers!

    Reply
  106. COMMONWORDS | BLOGCHI@mayopia.com -  March 7, 2012 - 11:55 am

    [...] ‘Common Words’ at any ‘time’ are a reflection of the ‘person’. — This ‘year’ or last — that ‘way’ or ‘day’ — whether present or past — just a ‘thing’. — A ‘man’ of the ‘world’ with ‘life’ tied to a String. — ‘Hand’ in ‘hand’ for ‘life’ in the ‘world’ of ‘man’ — preferably woman is our ‘thing’. — For a night or a ‘day’ or any other ‘way’ — Say a ‘year’ with the ‘person’ sublime. — In that case — with my love we do ‘Time’. –>>L.T.Rhyme [...]

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  107. Bi-winning -  March 7, 2012 - 11:51 am

    I agree with, like, a ton of people. Like, like is the most, like, overused word

    Reply
  108. MissMe Ah-Eee! -  March 7, 2012 - 10:40 am

    As for words, i think adjectives are one of my favorites…
    Adjectives answer how the information/idea is presented
    They indicate style,attitude etc that give the writing its unique’ity<<please find a word more appropriate for me

    ps. liked use of "search magic" in the article :)

    Reply
  109. vicaari -  March 7, 2012 - 10:27 am

    Fascinating in4mation!
    @ the outset–the TITLE– I did think of THE–I was right.
    It’s very interesting, in4mative & enjoyable
    Thank you

    Reply
  110. Zuma muhammed Bello -  March 7, 2012 - 10:26 am

    Quite interesting.

    Reply
  111. MissMe Ah-Eee! -  March 7, 2012 - 10:22 am

    Yay, finally a new hotword! Woot
    Im in at the 43rd comment-sweetness!!

    My most used word is -awesome- <yes with an 'e'
    This is used when describing myself :p ahahaha

    reply if youre awesome too!

    Reply
  112. Jesus -  March 7, 2012 - 10:11 am

    comment

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  113. Dillan Doe -  March 7, 2012 - 9:53 am

    Time Person of the Year, made most popular by exploiting search engine optimization. The printed media is attempting to stay relevant.

    Reply
  114. Danielle -  March 7, 2012 - 9:51 am

    TO ranger:
    “Of” can not be used in that situation. The sentence, though often pronounced incorrectly, is actually “I could have done that job in 20 seconds”, in which there is no difference!

    Reply
  115. kallum mehta -  March 7, 2012 - 9:43 am

    ‘like’ must be used as one of the most used words!

    Reply
  116. Donna Watt Tse -  March 7, 2012 - 9:04 am

    There was a “time” when a “person” in every “way” could have a “hand” in his destiny or have a place in this “world” and his “life” was a “thing” that in a “day” could change a “man” in this “way” for a “year”…………I buy that.

    But what about ” I ” and “you”. Aren’t these more frequently used?

    Reply
  117. Benjamin Franklin -  March 7, 2012 - 7:53 am

    Sir Thomas Jefferson’s thirst for knowledge is unquenchable.

    Reply
  118. madcopy -  March 7, 2012 - 7:51 am

    The thing is, by this time next year, I’ll be on my way to see the world so that one day, the person I am now may grow into a man whose life purpose is giving a hand to others.

    Reply
  119. thomas jefferson -  March 7, 2012 - 7:49 am

    UNQUENCHABLE IS MY THIRST FOR KNOWLEDGE!!!

    Reply
  120. thomas jefferson -  March 7, 2012 - 7:47 am

    my thirst for knowledge is unquenchable

    Reply
  121. thomas jefferson -  March 7, 2012 - 7:45 am

    MY THIRST FOR KNOWLEDGE IS UNQUENCHABLE!!!!

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  122. thomas jefferson -  March 7, 2012 - 7:44 am

    unquestionable

    Reply
  123. thomas jefferson -  March 7, 2012 - 7:44 am

    certain

    Reply
  124. thomas jefferson -  March 7, 2012 - 7:44 am

    patently evident

    Reply
  125. thomas jefferson -  March 7, 2012 - 7:43 am

    that cannot be doubted

    Reply
  126. D R K -  March 7, 2012 - 7:41 am

    Very interesting indeed.

    Reply
  127. thomas jefferson -  March 7, 2012 - 7:35 am

    indubitably

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  128. Phlondar -  March 7, 2012 - 7:33 am

    I Agree with Ranger, There’s a lot of people using some words wrong like “of”. Example: “I could OF done that job in 20 seconds.” instead of; “I could HAVE done that job in 20 seconds.”

    Reply
  129. Obee -  March 7, 2012 - 6:58 am

    “clearly” and “amazing” have become trite!

    Reply
  130. Brittany love bug -  March 7, 2012 - 6:46 am

    actually i think tacos are the best and this is the worst

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  131. mary torres so swagging -  March 7, 2012 - 6:36 am

    what do you like to do for fun?

    Reply
  132. Janey -  March 7, 2012 - 6:22 am

    Like, I’m surprised that “like” isn’t on the list, you know?

    ;^p

    Reply
  133. harry shingles -  March 7, 2012 - 3:55 am

    i love my hamster and i talk to it alot and i love drugs and sharing with my sister but parents are peados because ones a childminder and the other ones a child doctor

    Reply
  134. Harry Shingles -  March 7, 2012 - 3:51 am

    MMMMMMMMMMMM drugs

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  135. Paula -  March 7, 2012 - 3:36 am

    What are the most common verbs?

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  136. Sophie -  March 7, 2012 - 1:38 am

    My friend says on average, the word ‘like’ 23 times in a two minute conversation. It is painful.

    Reply
  137. Nobody in particular -  March 7, 2012 - 1:30 am

    I noticed that man got onto the list but woman didn’t. Hmmm…

    Reply
  138. Aisha Arif -  March 7, 2012 - 1:01 am

    WaYY less interesting than i expected.

    Reply
  139. Joan -  March 7, 2012 - 12:29 am

    not very interesting.. i think i read a similar article before..

    Reply
  140. IQ -  March 6, 2012 - 11:57 pm

    I got the “the” right! But I thought there should be a “a” in the list too!

    Google Ngram Viewer? What is that? Never heard of it! Interesting! I’ll check it out! :)

    Reply
  141. Lulu Jones -  March 6, 2012 - 10:20 pm

    Dictionary.com: Y U No put newer comments on top???

    Reply
  142. Ironic Twist -  March 6, 2012 - 9:22 pm

    What about a?

    Reply
  143. Alex Geyer -  March 6, 2012 - 9:00 pm

    The northerners come from the wilderness!

    Reply
  144. Walmir do Nascimento Silva -  March 6, 2012 - 8:41 pm

    Excellent method.

    Very interesting.

    Unusual means of teaching and learning English.

    Congratulations.

    Walmir.

    Reply
  145. ranger -  March 6, 2012 - 8:16 pm

    Do you also count “of” when it is used incorrectly? Example: I could of done that job in 20 seconds.

    Reply
  146. Ironic Twist -  March 6, 2012 - 7:46 pm

    “Epic”.

    Way overrated.

    First comment!

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  147. Day Translations -  March 6, 2012 - 7:16 pm

    I got that right, “the” is indeed widely used. Interesting to know about the Ngram viewer, no idea it existed. :)

    Reply
  148. Katie -  March 6, 2012 - 5:49 pm

    So… “the” is only used five times out of 100? Doesn’t it really depend on how you are communicating? If you’re talking you use different words. Authors tend to try to mix it up a little, but nobody bothers to go through the trouble when they’re talking.

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