|I remember WAY back in the 60s, when I first heard of frequency lists, reading that, for some
odd reason that no-one could explain, one day of the week - Thursday, I think - didn't appear
in frequency lists. So apart from mere frequency words were included according to
'coverage' . Since there was nothing else to cover the intuitively useful concept THURSDAY
the word Thursday was included, even without a numerical frequency rating.
I thought, too, Julian, that there was a difference between the special defining vocabularly
lists for entries that one or two dictionaries have and a pucker frequency of occurrence
(across the whole language) list.
I can't help noting at this point that one is on much surer ground when one is talking about a
specific language and its makeup than when one is in deciding how to get said language
into someone else's head and behaviour.
Dennis - who happens to be going to his first same-sex marriage ceremony in two weeks'