Head and beak of a fierce-looking bird
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Gallery: A & E, the most common letters in our language?

However, this method identified the letter frequency in English texts, which is dominated by a relatively small number of common words. If you play Wordle or any similar game you might be more interested in the frequency of letters in the full English vocabulary, regardless of word frequency. Apparently an analysis of the letters occurring in all the words listed in the main entries of the Concise Oxford Dictionary indicated that E is again the most common letter (appearing in around 11% of all words), followed this time by A (appearing in about 8.5%).

All of which is by way of introduction to my selection of images for Cee’s March alphabet challenge, looking for images of objects with an A and an E in the name. It’s been a while since I last played along so I thought it would be fun to do so this month. And I found that while these letters might be common, finding them in the same word wasn’t always easy!

Large solid-looking cathedral

St Alban’s Abbey, Hertfordshire, England


Sandcastle on the beach at Torremolinos, Spain

Man building a large sandcastle

Camel standing on a ridge

Near Taqah, Oman


The Catedral Metropolitana de Santiago, Chile

Roof and towers of a cathedral

Brown cow with large horns looking at camera

Near Djiffer, Senegal


Bald Eagle at a Birds of Prey centre in Bedfordshire, England

[my feature photo is of an African Fish Eagle at the same centre]

Head and beak of a fierce-looking bird

Two elephants facing each other in shallow water

Two bull elephants in a stand-off, Chobe National Park, Botswana


Harley Davidson in Taos, New Mexico

Close-up of a motorbike engine

Lake surrounded by bushes and with steep mountains beyond

Lago Pehoe, Torres del Paine, Chile


A tree at Monte Alban, near Oaxaca, Mexico

Backlit bright leaves on a twig

Small monkey on a wooden beam

At Praia do Forte, Brazil


At Bachkovo Monastery, Bulgaria

Close-up of a peacock's tail feathers

Small salt pans on a hillside with two people working

Salt pans, Salineras de Maras, Peru


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