UK Places Most Common Words


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Name the words which appear at least 7 times in the names of all 6K+ UK places (built-up areas and their subdivisions). # of occurrences and first letter shown. In place names, all hyphens were removed. Words constituted anything separated by a space in the resulting name, so a contraction will count as a single word. Object is most occurrences, not words.

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Quiz Creation Date: 9-1-2015

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    Great quiz! Just wanted to tip you off to a potential problem with the data – I noticed in the Top 10 Missed, that some of the “most common” words listed are actually just the names of large UK counties (e.g. Cambridgeshire, Nottinghamshire, etc). It seems very unlikely that most of these are actually part of a multi-word town name (except in cases like Stratford-upon-Avon, where the name of a county happens to also be a common toponym), and more likely that some of them are formatting errors, where the town’s name has probably been saved alongside the county which contains it, like: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Peterborough, Cambridgeshire St. Neots, Cambridgeshire … etc. To my knowledge there is not a single settlement in the UK whose name actually contains e.g. the word “Cambridgeshire” (in the same way as “Pennsylvania” or “PA” is not part of the name of the city Philadelphia, although it might sometimes be written “Philadelphia, PA”). Hope this is useful!
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      ahh – yeah in the full name it would have stuff in () after the city name, fixing this now.

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