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Can you name the most common English words, grouped alphabetically by 10's?
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It has been noted that the most common 2000 words cover 80% of written English. I have tried to remove proper nouns, conjunctions and basic plurals and tenses. On your marks. Get set. TYPE!
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The 2,000 Most Common English Words Quiz
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Apr 4th, 2011 at 04:21 GMT
Absolutely, positively spectacular. One of my favorite games I've played in a long time- Chewy, you've done it again, my friend. One tiny thing: "Favor" does not contain its end word, i.e. "Favor to ______".
Apr 4th, 2011 at 15:11 GMT
two of the m answers are funny.
Apr 4th, 2011 at 15:39 GMT
This is a brilliant concept, I love it. Looking forward to making time later in my day to play it.
Apr 4th, 2011 at 16:52 GMT
Very cool. Must have taken forever to make.
Apr 4th, 2011 at 17:54 GMT
Apr 4th, 2011 at 18:50 GMT
game to great
Apr 4th, 2011 at 18:53 GMT
Apr 4th, 2011 at 19:16 GMT
Great quiz. Defintely worth the 20 minutes.
Apr 4th, 2011 at 20:57 GMT
Though you forgot to accept "neighbo
Apr 5th, 2011 at 00:21 GMT
Great quiz. Must have been a bitch to make. There were some words, that surprised me not being there. I checked the source, and it seems you didn't make a mistake with these. For instance it doesn't seem right to me that "fur" is a more common word than "fun" (just one example). But still great quiz.
Apr 5th, 2011 at 00:29 GMT
A little tricky to get used to at first, but good quiz.
Apr 5th, 2011 at 01:22 GMT
@miko: funny you mention that, 'fun' was the one word I tried which I was surprised was not on the list as well. But the source list is based on Internet search engines, so I'm not overly surprised that 'fur' beat it out...
Apr 5th, 2011 at 01:50 GMT
Super quiz. I love the combination of trying to use strategy and blindly guessing common words. Surprised that "cat" didn't make the cut.
Apr 5th, 2011 at 14:05 GMT
(Gesundheit) I just love the quiz. The alphabetical order makes this a real challenge because you can start with "a" then try to find a word just after the last word in the list of ten. A great, great quiz.
But I'm highly skeptical on the source.
As you mentioned, "fun" didn't make the list. I've seen the list before and it also seemed exceptionally weird that "king" made the top 1000, but "queen" doesn't make the top 2000.
So I did a Google search for alternate "most common word" lists and found this one:
Each group of 200 words is arranged alphabetically, so the 200 most common words are listed on the first page, #201-400 on the next page, until all 3000 words on the list are covered. (Note: The list I refer to doesn't have 200 words on each page because "plurals and simple tenses have been removed". So the "top 3000 words" list ends up only 2126 words long.
I decided to pick the list named the "7th and 8th hundred words", (#701-800). You'd expect that every word in the top 800 of one such list would make it to the top 2000 of a different source. But even excluding proper nouns & abbreviations, there are at least 6 words on the list I found that are on
your source: copy, dried, energy, fun, ocean, & seems.
And, BTW, "cat" is in the range 801-1000 on the list I found.
Apr 5th, 2011 at 14:37 GMT
Thanks rockgolf! While I
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words were on my list and not in your source)
And no... touché does not appear on either list ;)
Apr 5th, 2011 at 15:31 GMT
Ah! I see your point and did some more checking.
The ten "most frequent" words that appear on your list but not mine:
their much used American govern head need set always called
(All in the top 220 of your list.)
The ten "most frequent" words that appears on my list but not yours:
world fish sentence slide sometime birds gold ice Indian mountain
All in the top 600 of my list.
It looks like there's plenty of inexcusable missing words in both lists.
Apr 5th, 2011 at 18:57 GMT
Very good quiz. Absolutely loved it. I don't even care if anything is missing or not haha. Couldn't finish because my head started to hurt, but I enjoyed it all the same.
Apr 5th, 2011 at 22:36 GMT
Great quiz - I started out trying to leave no gaps at all, and realized about halfway through that there was no way I was going to make it in time, so I just had to scramble to get as many as I can. I'll give it another shot some time, very fun, great challenge.
Apr 6th, 2011 at 22:26 GMT
Apr 9th, 2011 at 00:46 GMT
apply to arm, advertise to age
Apr 9th, 2011 at 03:16 GMT
Winning is the most common word in Charlie Sheen's language.
Apr 10th, 2011 at 23:43 GMT
Apparently 0.5% of Sporclers have memorized the dictionary.
Apr 14th, 2011 at 06:25 GMT
[WARNING: SPOILER ALERT (comment may contain quiz answers)] Great quiz but it makes it too easy when you give away a bunch of answers in your directions... :)
Game published: Apr 14th, 2011 at 20:03 GMT
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Apr 14th, 2011 at 20:38 GMT
wait....i'm really really confused. what's going on? how does this quiz work?
Apr 14th, 2011 at 21:00 GMT
Apr 14th, 2011 at 21:03 GMT
Is it sad that sad is not one of the 2,000 most common words?
Apr 14th, 2011 at 21:38 GMT
@emilove First, you click the "Ready? Click to Start" button, and then type words into the box
Apr 14th, 2011 at 22:19 GMT
Putting the words in alphabetical order really was a nice way to go about it. Makes it easy to see whether or not a word's already "taken", and leaves these tantalizing gaps for us to try and fill.
I wish more people who did these "top 2000" or "top 1000" quizzes did them this way instead of leaving the answers in rank order.
Apr 14th, 2011 at 22:38 GMT
Communism is one of the most common English words?!
Apr 14th, 2011 at 22:47 GMT
Great quiz! Though, I'd like to see all the words between show up. I know this would make for a giant, unwieldy quiz, but it's be nice to know which obvious ones I am missing that other people guessed.
Apr 14th, 2011 at 22:52 GMT
@svestus, you can only have 200 answers. @MrChewyPoo, WOW It must have taken you forever to make this so i gave you 5 stars. I would NEVER have spent this much time on a quiz so AWESOME job!
Apr 14th, 2011 at 23:40 GMT
i'm also confused.. the quiz's not starting with me...
Apr 15th, 2011 at 02:11 GMT
I know two words way more common than any of these: F*** & S***.
Apr 15th, 2011 at 13:16 GMT
Apr 15th, 2011 at 20:48 GMT
Some of these phrases are strangely poetic. "Soft to someone," "scatter to sea," "dark to decay"...
Apr 18th, 2011 at 04:54 GMT
I wish we could see the whole "board" as we play. Takes too much time to scroll up/down.
May 28th, 2011 at 11:26 GMT
i quite liked "mission to moon"
Dec 24th, 2011 at 03:08 GMT
How is the word "communism" more common than "fun"?
Feb 26th, 2012 at 20:39 GMT
A lot of these phrases make quite a bit of sense. Interesting.
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