Thursday, June 22, 2006

A report from the BBC reveals that TIME is the most used noun in the English Language. The top ten are as follows:
1 Time
2 Person
3 Year
4 Way
5 Day
6 Thing
7 Man
8 World
9 Life
10 Hand

I'm particularly interested from a writing point of view in this comment from Angus Stevenson, project manager of the OUP who says:
"The thing that struck me when I put together this list was that 90% of the top 100 words were one syllable, and that a large proportion were actually from Old English, meaning the basic words we use all the time in basic sentences are from before the Norman Conquest," he said.

"We always put the focus on new words, changing language and words from other countries, but in reality the basic language we use has been the same for hundreds and hundreds of years."


bb said...

Wow, I've suddenly got a lot of catching up to do on your blog. I thought Thomas Hardy had seen you off earlier this month ;-)

chiefbiscuit said...

I love one-syllable words. Bread, stone, heat, life, love, hope ... they're all one-syllable friends. One-syllable words rule!

abhay k said...

good that God and sex did not make it to the top ten but i am sure they would be close somewhere...