#EngTrivia: ETAOIN SRHLDCU

Tell us, what are the most common words or letter that you have heard in English all this time?

So fellas here are some English words that you think are most common heard:

@raafian@13njet@Princess_destii said “The”

@ErhansJulianto said “Yes”

@budib5n said “Good morning”

@onnaRP said “hi” or “hello” 

@fitriananaa said “stop” 

@yth_bikor said “Drowsy”

@Andriandriant said “the most common heard english word that I’ve heard this week is “catalyst” cz I work in the lab”

@MonicaJenni said “eat”

@saniarickmono said “Thanks”

Now that you have shared some, have you heard of “ETAOIN SRHLDCU” or “ETAOIN SHRDLU”?

Looking from the responses, it seems fellas haven’t heard of it.

Quoting from http://stancarey.wordpress.com/2013/01/07/etaoin-srhldcu-or-what-are-the-most-common-words-and-letters-in-english/ …

“ETAOIN SRHLDU” is the nonsense string that used to appear in print because of early-20thC printer design and now serves as shorthand for the most popular letters.

No wonder it sounds a bit odd isn’t it? And of course, they are not words indeed.

She stated that, different studies have shown different results on the most used letters and words in English. Yet Google’s director of research Peter Norvig used the vast data from the Google Books corpus (over 743 billion words), found this:

Which violates ETAOIN SHRDLU only slightly, becoming ETAOIN SRHLDCU. pic.twitter.com/nuxl5VBnyX

peter-norvig-english-language-letter-count-frequency-table

The 50 most common words, in order of frequency, are: the, of, and, to, in, a, is, that, for, it, as, was, with, be, by, on, not, he, I, this, are, or, his, from, at, which, but, have, an, had, they, you, were, there, one, all, we, can, her, has, there, been, if, more, when, will, would, who, so, no.

As you said previously, “the” is the most commonly heard English word indeed :)

So, what do you think fellas? Interesting isn’t it? If you want to read more about it you can go here http://norvig.com/mayzner.html 

Compiled and written by @daedonghae at @EnglishTips4U on March 19, 2013

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