Those are the 4th, 5th, and 6th most frequently used words in blogs, according to the Oxford University Press, who are monitoring the use of English in the blogosphere (hat tip to Bloggers Blog). Solipsistic lot, aren’t we?
It gets better. The top three most used words are “blogger”, “blog”, and “stupid”. Numbers 7-9 give us the thought-provoking “oh”, “yeah”, and “ok”. But the last 6 of the top 15 finally get down to the business of blogging: “post”, “stuff”, “lovely”, “update”, “nice”, and “shit”. Here’s the complete list:
John Moore’s post in the Guardian (which is a great read) ends with a poem composed of 12 of the 15 words:
Stuff me stupid blogger
OK my lovely, blog update – shit myself
We shouldn’t be surprised that the most commonly used words aren’t, um, uncommon. What I can’t figure out is where all the even more common words went (“a”, “I”, “and”, “the” to name a few, although the latter’s share gets cut in half by being spelled “teh” so often). Are articles and conjunctions being expressly excluded? Is “me” really that much more commonly used as a pronoun than “I”? Me don’t think so, how about you?