15 most commonly used four-letter words on UsenetThis is from a list of the 1,000 words most frequently used in posts to Usenet. In 1993 Rick Walker (firstname.lastname@example.org) posted the complete list, culled from one full year of Usenet traffic. In that time, his program scanned a total of 343,945,617 words. Some of the "words" aren't really English words at all- -for instance "edu" and "X". For the most part, the list looks like a breakout of typical English text, except that Internet-related words like UUCP (number 52 on the full list) and .com (number 86) have crept in.
You can get the complete list via anonymous FTP from ftp.spies.com:/Library/Article/Language/top1000.use or by gophering to ftp.spies.com:/Wiretap Online Librar y/Articles/Language/Top 1000 Words used on Usenet
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