The Great Noun List

Created on Friday, January 25, 2013. I last modified it on Monday, April 17, 2017.
Filed under Software, Productivity.

A list of commonly-used nouns in the English language, delivered in a plain .txt format.


What we have here is a list of the most commonly-used nouns in English, the largest list of its kind freely available on this great internet (currently storing 4554 nouns). It is by no means complete, but it compiles a large number of common nouns that are frequently used, including clothing, raw materials, professions, transportation, abstract concepts, matter, food, education, and many and sundry objects.

The list keeps singular nouns where possible (leg versus legs, baby versus babies) except where the noun is commonly used as a plural (pants versus pant). I avoid proper nouns like countries and names of people, as well as racial or national groups (e.g. Albanian). Months, days, and star signs are also excluded. There are some tricky instances of this; for example, Australia and Australian are omitted from the list, but Australiana (objects that represent Australia’s history or culture) is kept in the list. There are probably some words in the list that break these rules.

What can I use it for?

Whatevs, really! Use it to compile flashcards to teach English, fashion some sort of board game with it, or use it in software you’re programming, as I did here and here.

Can I share this?

Yes, give this list to whomever you want. I dedicate it to the public domain. Please leave the list plain for easy use — the list should have noun entries only and no identifying marks, disclaimers, or any other text that would prevent users from feeding the list directly to a computer program.

That's all there is, there isn't any more.
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