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Most common words on Teh Webz

Posted by That Other Mike on 13/01/2008

Via BBC News:

OEDThe word “time” is the most common noun in the English language, according to the latest Oxford dictionary.

Oxford University Press researchers looked on the internet at newspapers, journals, fictions and weblogs to take a snapshot of our everyday language.

“Person” was ranked at number two, while “man” reached number seven and “woman” was behind at number 14.

The new “common words” section put “work” in 15th place, but “play” and “rest” were not in the top 100 nouns.

The section is included in the revised 11th edition of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary, which is viewed as a guide to our evolving language.

Interesting stuff. I wonder why time got to number one? I’m sure phrases helped, as the article suggests, but they surely can’t account for all of it.

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