The Great Noun List

Created on Friday, January 25, 2013. I last modified it on Friday, September 30, 2016.
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 4416 nouns). It is by no means complete, but it compiles the most common nouns in use including months, days, star signs, places, clothing, raw materials, professions, transportation, abstract concepts, matter, food, education, and of course, many and sundry objects.

The list keeps singular nouns where possible (leg versus legs) 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 groupings of racial or national groups (e.g. Albanian). 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. 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.
© Desi Quintans, 2002 – 2016.