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Most used English words: What makes us tick?

March 30, 2011

List of most used English WordsWhat does it say about the English-speaking society when you find ‘I‘ is the 10th most common word used, and ‘we‘ comes in at number 27?

What does it say about equality when ‘he‘ is at 16 and ‘she‘ at 30?

What does it say about humanity when ‘think‘ is on the list, but ‘feel‘ isn’t?

What does it say about our values when ‘new‘ is on the list, but ‘old‘ isn’t?

What does it say about our progression when ‘no‘ is on the list, but ‘yes‘ isn’t?

 

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If “he” is used more than “she”, does that mean women are slanting off guys rather than the other way around?

The “I” thing is seriously scary but probably not that surprising. How depressing.

Rob

April 2, 2011

Based on the probably flawed assumption that women yabba more than men, perhaps women are just complaining more about men.

Your second point has me wondering what a word cloud of this blog would reveal.

fieldsofserendipity

April 6, 2011

What does it say about context when there isn’t any?

“He beat her every day until he killed her.” – Contains “he” twice but doesn’t really scream equality.

“This new approach to recycling is great” – doesn’t mention old but doesn’t convey what you imply about values.

You really can’t make a decision about society based on a list of words.

Steve

June 6, 2011

Context I’d agree is everything. Look at Freakanomics for example. But I can’t help but wonder if there is an underlying trend in the list of words, or data points if you like.

fieldsofserendipity

June 6, 2011