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Just remembered that the book we know as the dictionary is not the full dictionary (obviously, in retrospect). The full list of words they've collected, even historically, is like 12 books long. The short version is not just the most common words either. It's a selection of words that someone thought are most important for schoolchildren to learn. [source: encyclopedia brittanica online]


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~rosie88 wrote:


does that analysis apply to the Oxford Dictionary?

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