Word frequency eBook and dictionary Mark Davies to CORPORA You can now download from http://www.wordfrequency.info an eBook containing the 20,000 most frequent words in American English, in order of frequency. Each entry also contains 20-30 collocates (nearby words) and synonyms, which provide useful insight into the meaning and usage of each of the 20,000 words (see sample). This eBook is based on the 400 million word Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA) -- the largest, most balanced, and most recent corpus of American English. Because of the corpus on which it is based, you can be sure that these words are the ones that you are most likely to encounter in the “real world”. We believe that this eBook offers you information that is not available from any other resource, and we invite you to use it to maximize your study of English vocabulary. The eBook includes: * the top 20,000 words/lemmas in English in rank frequency order (most to least frequent) * 20-30 collocates (nearby words) for each entry, which give valuable insight into meaning and usage * synonyms (for most words), which give additional insight into meaning * indications of genre variation (e.g. more frequent in spoken, fiction, or academic) * other frequency and distributional information Three examples (from among 20,000 in the eBook) are the following (see a much larger sample): 1421 blow v noun wind, whistle, air, nose, smoke, breeze, face, hair, kiss, head, window, horn, candle, mind, storm misc away, through, across out candle, window, breath, air, wind, smoke, knee, tire, match up building, plot, bomb, plane, car, bridge, wind, threaten off steam, head, roof, leg ● whoosh, gust, waft, puff || move, propel, drive, carry 27254 | 0.94 F 10129 shimmering j noun light, water, heat, hair, sun, sea, surface, silver, glass, wave, color misc blue, white, across, above, green, golden, wear, red, dark, rise, yellow, beyond ● iridescent, sparkling, shining, gleaming, glistening, glittering 1555 | 0.90 F 18669 pathos n adj full, human, genuine, pure, sympathetic, comic, final, deep, Greek, tragic noun humor, tragedy, comedy, sense, appeal, suffering, emotion, ethos, scene verb evoke, reflect, avoid, generalize, capture, experience, arouse ● sadness, bleakness, despair, tragedy, anguish 473 | 0.90 A Those who prefer a print version (for just the first 5,000 of the 20,000 entries) can purchase the book Frequency Dictionary of American English: word sketches, collocates, and thematic lists (Davies and Gardner, 2010, Routledge), which is now available from Routledge, Amazon, BarnesAndNoble, and many other bookstores online (note: the Routledge link may not be working on February 17). If you have questions or comments, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org . Thank you.