Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The Hundred Most Used Words in English

The hundred most used words in English, according to The Reading Teachers Book of Lists , Third Edition, are the following:
1. the
2. of
3. and
4. a
5. to
6. in
7. is
8. you
9. that
10. it
11. he
12. was
13. for
14. on
15. are
16. as
17. with
18. his
19. they
20. I

21. at
22. be
23. this
24. have
25. from
26. or
27. one
28. had
29. by
30. word
31. but
32. not
33. what
34. all
35. were
36. we
37. when
38. your
39. can
40. said

41. there
42. use
43. an
44. each
45. which
46. she
47. do
48. how
49. their
50. if
51. will
52. up
53. other
54. about
55. out
56. many
57. then
58. them
59. these
60. so

61. some
62. her
63. would
64. make
65. like
66. him
67. into
68. time
69. has
70. look
71. two
72. more
73. write
74. go
75. see
76. number
77. no
78. way
79. could
80. people

81. my
82. than
83. first
84. water
85. been
86. call
87. who
88. oil
89. its
90. now
91. find
92. long
93. down
94. day
95. did
96. get
97. come
98. made
99. may
100. part

I pulled the list from the following Website: www.duboislc.org/EducationWatch/First100Words.html

While these words are all fairly short, it stands to reason that applying a method to shorten them further will result in an improvement in typing speed.

The Website says that the first three hundred words "make up about sixty-five per cent of all written material in English." It also lists the second one hundred, third, fourth ... up to 10th. But shortening the first three hundred words would be the most effective way to increase typing speed.

One easy way to implement this would be to take out the vowels of all the words longer than three characters and add the following substitutions to AutoHotkey:

::tht::that
::ws::was
::wth::with
::thy::they
::ths::this
::have::hv
::frm::from
:o:wrd::word
::wht::what
::wr::were
::wn::when
::yr::your
::sd::said
::thr::there
::wch:which
::will::wll
:o:otr::other
::abt::about
::mny::many
::ths:these
::sm::some
::wld::would
:o:mk::make
::lk::like
:o:tm::time
::hs::has
:o:lk::look
::mr::more
:o:wrt::write
::nmbr::number
::cld::could
::ppl::people
::thn::then
::frst::first
::wtr::water
::bn::been
:o:cll::call
::nw::now
:o:fnd::find
:o:cm::come
::md::made
:o:prt::part

I will try to learn these abbreviations over the next few days and see whether this works. If it does, I will do the same for the next one hundred.

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