Letter frequency of English

Memorisation of the letters order inthe following table.

E 11.1607% 56.88 M 3.0129% 15.36
A 8.4966% 43.31 H 3.0034% 15.31
R 7.5809% 38.64 G 2.4705% 12.59
I 7.5448% 38.45 B 2.0720% 10.56
O 7.1635% 36.51 F 1.8121% 9.24
T 6.9509% 35.43 Y 1.7779% 9.06
N 6.6544% 33.92 W 1.2899% 6.57
S 5.7351% 29.23 K 1.1016% 5.61
L 5.4893% 27.98 V 1.0074% 5.13
C 4.5388% 23.13 X 0.2902% 1.48
U 3.6308% 18.51 Z 0.2722% 1.39
D 3.3844% 17.25 J 0.1965% 1.00
P 3.1671% 16.14 Q 0.1962% (1)

from Letter Frequencies in the English Language


  1. Hangman’s word.

  2. Word search :mag: puzzle
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  3. Better understanding to cryptography :closed_lock_with_key:. eg cylinder cipher Introduction to Cryptography: Simple Guide for Beginners - TheBestVPN.com
    And create simple crypto to remember passwords.


In here, I suggest two methods.

  1. A = 1, B = 2, C = 3 …
    By method of loci and your own number system, you can do it nearly a minute. As if you can call a to z in decimal numbers freely. Associating alphabet letters to their numbers - #5 by Antelex

I made a topic long time ago for Memorizing alphabetical sequence number.

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Thanks Raja. This is a bit different, the concept is the same. It’s about English letters frequency :+1:t2:

I can see a few different methods to try here, all of which would work well including creating a phrase with the initial letters of each word that of each frequency letter. But from experience, and I’m not sure why, my brain latched on to the pronounciation of the nonsense word ETOANIRSH which was the frequency distribution at the time I became a military cryptanalyst. It’s still easy for me. EARIOT-NSL-CUDP has almost the same charm. But now, I might try to make words out of them such as chariot-nestlé-cud-pie (chocolate chariot drawn by a cow chewing a pie).


Cool, I can’t use non-sense words. Which means you had a great memory in random letters at that time. :joy:


That would explain why the only poetry I was able to remember was Lewis Carrol’s Jabberwocky., “'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves did gyre and gimble in the wabe…”

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That’s fine! with your great system, I believe you can do much better now.

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Method 2:
The order I remembered.
ET :alien: Ate an Orange :orange_circle: IN Shred :receipt:
LoCal UMbra Window :city_sunset:
Finger :+1: Yellow Pebble :white_circle:
Violin :violin: King ♚ Joker :black_joker: Queen :princess: X-man?
Z :zzz:

Beginning of the scene, ET ate an orange as in the food receipt, and the receipt is then shred.
Next, at the local / at home, he unveiled the window. The light shined in.
Suddenly, ET moved his yellow fingers and picked up an pebble.
ET played the violin to the king. A joker followed the beats and played tricks.
Queen laughed. If you looked carefully, the Queen’s disguise faded. Actually, she is a x-man.
That was a cheerful night, and they all had a nice dream.

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If you approached with method 2, you had memorized this chart.

let’s talk a bit about the application.

Hangman’s word: _ _ _ _ _
Guess with vowels. a e i o t, u should select with e first, as you know t is the most frequent letter, and e is the first-runner-up.

e → _ _ _ _ _ | BAN! you missed~

a → _ _ A _ _ |Good

t → _ _ A _ T |Nice

o/i → _ _ A _ T |Misses~

n/s → S _ A _ T | You can get the word easily now?

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In word search, you can either go with the most frequent letters or aim at the less frequent letters e.g. v k j q x z.
Eg leave. You can minimize the targeting field.

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An example of creative and effective password.
People love using certain words for their password, which makes Crackers easily guessed.
username: Adminstration
password: Passed123
you can changed the password into less frequent used letters Bohhtl123 by the above chart you had memorized.
compared to plain shift with one, Qbttfe123. a->b, b->c, c->d. Bohhtl123 is hard to be recognized.

This is just some random encryption, take as an example only!!!

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My topic has reached an end. If you have any similar thought or other wonderful applications, please share them below. My aim is to make mnemonics closer to reality, see ya! :hugs:

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Another substitution cipher I’ve used before for passwords is instead of mentally moving the alphabet by one, moving my hands by one row or column. The sequence abcdef becomes snvfrg when shifted right on the keyboard. If you are a touch typer it is a fast method.

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My approach would be very different.

I’d flip open a child’s set of phonics books. They’ve already ordered them by frequency. They already have mnemonic images, song and stories.

Here’s Jolly Phonics:

Book 1:

Example Mnemonic for /s/ = snake

Put those into a scene.

Maybe it’s more useful than recalling a number?

I love your topics Antelex. If you release a book with pictures, I’d buy it.

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@StopUserNameReuse Thanks for your suggestions. It’s true that I have many topics and opinions to share. But publishing a book is temporarily not an option for me. As there are many great memories book in the market, I am also a learner on the track.

some of the book you might like
Eg https://www.amazon.com/How-Memorize-Memorizing-Remembering-Everything/dp/B08XL7ZK6T by Erol Ozvatan

https://www.amazon.com/-/zh_TW/Lynne-Kelly/dp/1643133241/ref=pd_aw_sim_1/143-6322489-1414351?pd_rd_w=KACNb&pf_rd_p=ae696832-042c-467e-bd6c-9650de43ef82&pf_rd_r=ZNVKMFAW1392JRXG9VW3&pd_rd_r=64285248-360b-4b15-9333-6fd4b95f55af&pd_rd_wg=deUV1&pd_rd_i=1643133241&psc=1 by Lynne Kelly


Btw, it’s an interesting idea.