Posted by R. Berg on December 01, 2002
In Reply to: Any Dictionary about Frequency of words? posted by Leslie on November 30, 2002
: Could you recommend a dictionary, if there's any,which compares the usage of simiar words and their frequency of being used? Thank you.
A reference book exists that ranks English words by their frequency in print (not in speech). I don't remember its title. I saw it cited once because experimental psychologists studying some language-related thing had used it in their research. Meanwhile, www.googlefight.com is useful as a rough guide when you want to compare frequencies. Of course, it will return exaggerated numbers for Internet-related words like "windows" and "web."