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UK Places Most Common Words

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  1. 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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