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Charles Kingsley

English Letter Frequencies

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After counting 177 million letters from a series of about 700 online texts, I have compiled a table of letter frequencies. I only hope my precision in these figures relates to their accuracy...

Alphabetical       By Frequency
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A: 13,437,042      E: 21,414,330  E = 12.079%
B:  2,817,942      T: 15,737,500  T =  8.877%
C:  4,874,637      A: 13,437,042  A =  7.579%
D:  7,621,661      O: 12,886,204  O =  7.268%
E: 21,414,330      I: 11,313,244  I =  6.381%
F:  4,711,343      N: 11,249,350  N =  6.345%
G:  3,353,542      S: 11,192,675  S =  6.313%
H:  9,632,780      R: 10,435,905  R =  5.886%
I: 11,313,244      H:  9,632,780  H =  5.433%
J:    225,326      D:  7,621,661  D =  4.299%
K:  6,682,865      L:  7,092,898  L =  4.001%
L:  7,092,898      K:  6,682,865  K =  3.769%
M:  4,227,569      C:  4,874,637  C =  2.749%
N: 11,249,350      F:  4,711,343  F =  2.657%
O: 12,886,204      U:  4,696,832  U =  2.649%
P:  3,892,005      M:  4,227,569  M =  2.385%
Q:    493,473      P:  3,892,005  P =  2.195%
R: 10,435,905      W:  3,716,884  W =  2.096%
S: 11,192,675      G:  3,353,542  G =  1.892%
T: 15,737,508      Y:  3,106,363  Y =  1.752%
U:  4,696,832      B:  2,817,942  B =  1.589%
V:  1,575,905      V:  1,575,905  V =  0.889%
W:  3,716,884      X:    761,380  X =  0.429%
X:    761,380      Q:    493,473  Q =  0.278%
Y:  3,106,363      J:    225,326  J =  0.127%
Z:    142 521      Z:    142,521  Z =  0.080%

Order of Consonants:
T N S R H D L K C F M P W G Y B V X Q J Z
Order of vowels:
E A O I U

Total letters counted:    177,292,184