English Dictionary Hotlist


This list combines extracts from the indices of both the Oxford English Dictionary and the American Heritage Dictionary.

No single source was used entirely in the creation of this list.


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Special characters

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Alternate spellings

  • Several entries list alternate spellings in multiple ways, possibly by separating the spellings by commas, or with left parentheses. As an example, glittous, (-is means that there are at least two different spellings, glittous and glittis. It is easiest to simply check the OED entry for these to determine what the different spellings are (by reading the historical examples).
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See also


The list


Before any pruning, this list contained 306,390 individual entries, as well as thousands of alternate spellings. In order for these numbers to be correct, corresponding subpages should be updated (e.g. /L, /L2 etc.).

Letter Pages Initial Remaining
(as of 2015)
% completed
A A, A2, A3, A4 18045 6715 62.79%
B B, B2, B3, B4 15835 7278 54.04%
C C, C2, C3, C4, C5, C6, C7 27379 12460 54.49%
D D, D2, D3, D4 15010 6129 59.17%
E E, E2, E3 10612 4182 60.59%
F F, F2, F3 10469 4384 58.12%
G G, G2, G3 9944 4878 50.95%
H H, H2, H3 10790 4817 55.36%
I I, I2, I3 12037 5458 54.66%
J J 2486 1061 57.32%
K K 3968 1910 51.86%
L L, L2, L3 9701 4415 54.49%
M M, M2, M3, M4, M5, M6, M7, M8 20399 10365 49.19%
N N, N2, N3, N4 8071 3604 55.35%
O O, O2, O3, O4 9260 5626 39.24%
P P, P2, P3, P4, P5, P6, P7, P8 26392 21299 19.30%
Q Q 1716 829 51.69%
R R, R2, R3, R4 14589 8803 39.66%
S S, S2, S3, S4, S5, S6, S7, S8, S9 34446 16618 51.76%
T T, T2, T3, T4, T5, T6 15034 13714 8.78%
U U, U2, U3 11474 5072 55.80%
V V, V2 5704 5527 3.10%
W W, W2, W3 8847 5430 38.62%
X X 253 55 78.26%
Y Y 2308 1791 22.40%
Z Z 953 356 62.64%
_Others others 244 0 100.00%
_Misspellings Misspellings 407 407 0.00%
_Totals 306,390 182,018 40.59%

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