Skip over navigation

The Lost continent of

You've found a bug on my site!

It is an old observation that the best writers sometimes desregard the rules of rhetoric. When they do so, however, the reader will usually find in the sentence some compensating meric, attained at the cost of the violation. Unless he is certain of doing as well, he will probably do best to follow the rules.

William Strunk and E. B. White, The Elements of Style

English Letter Frequencies

Blurring the line between words and numbers

I have a real treat in store for you! At least for those amongst you who play hangman, or enjoy amateur cryptography...

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
------------       ------------
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