Observations on 3TC

There are a lot of people who set word challenges, myself included.
The Three Things Challenge is a daily word prompt, and I schedule several at a time in case there is a problem with our internet connection or we’re likely to be away from our computers for a while.

Having just completed my latest block, I see that the most common letter of the alphabet in my list is S, currently showing 60 words so far this year, followed by P which is showing 30.
Funnily enough, S accumulated 141 words in 2021 and P 79, so again, my top two letters.
I wonder if any other word setter blogger has noticed a distinct preference. It makes you question if there is any such thing as ‘random choice’ or if our minds automatically lean towards certain things. I bet the scientists would have a field day with this.


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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8 Responses to Observations on 3TC

  1. Hammad Rais says:

    Interesting. I didn’t noticed that but good to know that you are keeping up the stats.

  2. Coined by Belgian psychologist Jozef Nuttin in 1985, the name letter effect describes people’s tendency to prefer the letters in their names to all others. Since you are known as pensitivity101, it makes sense that the letter P keeps popping up. When you make suggestions for Song Lyric Sunday, I indicate that the theme suggestion came from Di’s pensitivity101, so maybe that is where the s jumps in.

  3. murisopsis says:

    There are so many words in the English language that even if you only used S & P you’d likely still not repeat the words!!

  4. Zelda Winter says:

    That would be a fascinating study, Di. I enjoy your 3TC very much–and it’s the words themselves that stimulate my poetry response. I’m not consciously aware of the letters.

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