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Old 05-08-2019, 04:07 AM   #1
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What's the most unpopular word you know?

The Google NGram viewer can show you how often a word has been used in books.

If we restrict to the 20th century, and add a smoothing on 10, what result do you get for the year 2000 for your word?

My current lowest is footling - just 0.0000025%!

What's the most unpopular word you know?

(Update: Words have to have an entry in the google list to count.)

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0.0000000101% - Infandous - drjd
0.0000000156% - philomathy - drjd
0.00000015% - haulageway - cromag
0.0000003% - ecdysiast - pdurrant

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Old 05-08-2019, 04:10 AM   #2
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Oh - terpsichorean! 0.0000015%!
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Old 05-08-2019, 04:12 AM   #3
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ecdysiast - 0.0000003% (That's six zeros after the decimal)
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Old 05-08-2019, 06:21 AM   #4
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Pogonotrophy

Found none of the Ngrams!

[Pogonotrophy: The act of cultivating, or growing and grooming, a mustache, beard, sideburns or other facial hair.]

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Old 05-08-2019, 09:22 AM   #5
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It has to appear in the ngrams list to count. Just not being used in any book that google has indexed isn't good enough.
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Leptosome

I don't know how to count the exact percentage, but it is somewhere around six digits after zero.
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Old 05-09-2019, 03:33 AM   #7
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Leptosome

I don't know how to count the exact percentage, but it is somewhere around six digits after zero.
Putting the mouse pointer on the line gives a pop-up.

0.0000003%. A very respectable score.
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Old 05-09-2019, 04:31 AM   #8
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haulageway - 0.00000014%


This is all just a clever way to improve your performance on the Word Disassociation thread, isn't it!

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Old 05-09-2019, 04:46 AM   #9
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haulageway - 0.00000014%


This is all just a clever way to improve your performance on the Word Disassociation thread, isn't it!

I'm impressed. Twice as unpopular as Leptsome and ecdysiast.

And yes, you've worked out my dastardly plan!
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Old 05-09-2019, 07:11 PM   #10
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I'm not sure where the list in question can be found. That said I'd guess the most unpopular word could be taxes.
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mandraulic - google ngram cant find any. But there's one in here https://www.canberratimes.com.au/sto...ts-personnel//

And Ridley Scott has used it in interviews - means labour intensive.
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Old 05-10-2019, 01:15 AM   #12
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mandraulic - google ngram cant find any. But there's one in here https://www.canberratimes.com.au/sto...ts-personnel//

And Ridley Scott has used it in interviews - means labour intensive.
Words that are so rare they don't appear in google's ngrams don't count. You need to find rare, but non non-existent.
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haulageway - 0.00000014%


This is all just a clever way to improve your performance on the Word Disassociation thread, isn't it!
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I'm impressed. Twice as unpopular as Leptsome and ecdysiast.

And yes, you've worked out my dastardly plan!
Well, ecdysiasts will always be popular with me!
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uxoricide - reached a peak in 1995 with 0.0000006992%, lowest point in 1943 with 0.0000002473%

teosinte 0.0000086142
ambidexterous 0.0000006182%

from now on, I am going to cheat.
On this page http://testyourvocab.com/faq i found following link:
http://www.kilgarriff.co.uk/bnc-readme.html
PLease note, that despite using a list I am only trying words that I can understand without looking them up in a dictionary.

africanised 0.0000000800%
africanise 0.0000000603%
annualising 0.00000005564%
Unimaginatively 0.0000000550%
baitboxes 0.0000000589%
... to be continued ....
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Old 05-10-2019, 03:37 AM   #15
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uxoricide - reached a peak in 1995 with 0.0000006992%, lowest point in 1943 with 0.0000002473%

teosinte 0.0000086142
ambidexterous 0.0000006182%

from now on, I am going to cheat.
On this page http://testyourvocab.com/faq i found following link:
http://www.kilgarriff.co.uk/bnc-readme.html
PLease note, that despite using a list I am only trying words that I can understand without looking them up in a dictionary.

africanised 0.0000000800%
africanise 0.0000000603%
annualising 0.00000005564%
Unimaginatively 0.0000000550%
baitboxes 0.0000000589%
... to be continued ....
How unimaginatively you're playing...
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