Friday, December 15

10 Most Common Nouns in English

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Believe it or not, there actually are people who keep track of the most common words used in the English language.

Who are these people?

They are the folks behind the Oxford English Dictionarythe Oxford University Press and Oxford Online. Many of them are editors, writers, researchers, linguists, professors and other professionals somehow involved in the business of language.

And, in 2006 a study done by Oxford University Press researchers found lots of curious information when looking at newspapers, magazines, websites, dictionaries, blogs, books and more.

For example, the study discovered what are the 10 most commonly used nouns in the English language.

You remember nouns, right? To keep it simple, a noun is a person, a place or a thing.

So, what are the 10 most common nouns in English?

Here they are, in order of most common first:

1.) Time

2.) Person

3.) Year

4.) Way

5.) Day

6.) Thing

7.) Man

8.) World

9.) Life

10.) Hand

Interesting that nearly all of those words are each one syllable, and that nearly all of them are derived from Old English, at least according to Oxford University Press research manager Angus Stevenson.

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