Thursday, June 22, 2006

The top 25 nouns!

Oh, baby, the excitement. The Concise Oxford English Dictionary has announced the top 25 nouns (as in the "most often used"). Using the Oxford English Corpus (lots of real words tracked), the top 25 nouns are...

time, person, year, way, day, thing, man, world, life, hand, part, child, eye, woman, place, work, week, case, point, government, company, number, group, problem, fact.

There is some controversy, of course. Many believe that "part" has been taking performance enhancing drugs in an attempt to move up the list. Also, "death" and "taxes" maintain there is a cultural bias that keeps them off the list. Nonetheless, I present the list without editorial comment, as I know that you can barely contain your excitement at seeing it.

(related article right here)


Lady S said...

You crack me up. Thanks for the list. I can tell you, in a Second Grade Literacy Block, thing is the most common word. At least at the start of the year, after we work on "specific nouns" they get better.

Deb Marshall said...

Must contain my excitement over this list. I am going to eat a cookie, that will help calm me down...that and a cup of coffee.

Pearl said...

That's so cute.

Corpus studies are my weakness. That and chocolate.