Think of all the words we speak and texts we send in a day. Do you ever wonder what your most commonly used words are? In a world of blogs, articles, Netflix marathons, text messages, and DMs, you may or may not be surprised by the 100 most commonly spoken words in English.
Word Frequency published the Corpus of Contemporary American English's list of the top 5,000 words in American English. Let's trim that down and explore their findings for the top 100:
|1. The||21. At||41. About||61. See||81. New|
|2. Be||22. But||42. Know||62. Him||82. Because|
|3. And||23. We||43. Will||63. Your||83. Day|
|4. Of||24. His||44. As||64. Come||84. More|
|5. A||25. From||45. Up||65. Could||85. Use|
|6. In||26. Not||46. Time||66. Now||86. No|
|7. To||27. By||47. There||67. Than||87. Man|
|8. Have||28. She||48. Year||68. Like||88. Find|
|9. It||29. Or||49. So||69. Other||89. Here|
|10. I||30. What||50. Think||70. How||90. Thing|
|11. That||31. Go||51. When||71. Then||91. Give|
|12. For||32. Their||52. Which||72. Its||92. Many|
|13. You||33. Can||53. Them||73. Our||93. Well|
|14. He||34. Who||54. Some||74. Two||94. Only|
|15. With||35. Get||55. Me||75. These||95. Those|
|16. On||36. If||56. People||76. Want||96. Tell|
|17. Do||37. Would||57. Take||77. Way||97. One|
|18. Say||38. All||58. Out||78. Look||98. Very|
|19. This||39. My||59. Into||79. First||99. Her|
|20. They||40. Make||60. Just||80. Also||100. Even|
World English went ahead and ranked the top 500 words in British, English, and Australian English by referencing contemporary newspapers, magazines, books, tv, radio and conversations. Here are the words that landed in the top ten:
You'll notice "the" landed in the number one spot on both lists. However, there are three major differences in the international list. "Be," "have," and "I" made it into the international top 10, but not the American list.
While you may use these words on a daily basis, there are also many words you may not use quite so frequently. For example, the words "correct," "develop," "produce," and "fact" all made the list as well.
What's your most commonly spoken word? If you had to guess, how many times do you think you use the word "the" in a day? Let's break things down a little more. How about a list of common adjective words?
As you continue to craft careful prose and meaningful excerpts, remember to use common, relatable words while avoiding overused cliches.