16 December 2004

Fun With Words

Posted under: at 04:21

While waiting for my long compile batch to finish, I crafted a quick Perl script to get various statistics of Aspell dictionary. Aspell is a spelling checker commonly found in Linux and UNIX like systems. While putting together Aspell package for the new BlankOn Linux distribution, I thought it would be fun to get some statistics of various languages supported by Aspell.

The result is below. Don’t forget to read the note at the bottom.

Afrikaans

  • Total words found: 130488
  • Average word length: 10.1411777328183
  • Longest words: meervoudigeprobleemsiektetoestande (34 characters)
  • Shortest words: a (1 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with left hand: geestebesweerder (16 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with right hand: minimumloon (11 characters)

American

  • Total words found: 146020
  • Average word length: 8.70321188878236
  • Longest words: antidisestablishmentarianism’s (30 characters)
  • Shortest words: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z (1 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with left hand: reverberated reverberates aftereffects desegregated desegregates stewardesses (12 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with right hand: polyphony Houyhnhnm homophony (9 characters)

American with accents

  • Total words found: 146020
  • Average word length: 8.70321188878236
  • Longest words: antidisestablishmentarianism’s (30 characters)
  • Shortest words: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z (1 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with left hand: reverberated reverberates aftereffects desegregated desegregates stewardesses (12 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with right hand: polyphony Houyhnhnm homophony (9 characters)

Bokmal

  • Total words found: 502825
  • Average word length: 12.9117525978223
  • Longest words: bygningsindustriarbeiderforbundets transportberedskapsorganisasjonene transportberedskapsorganisasjonens fiskeriforvaltningsorganisasjonene fiskeriforvaltningsorganisasjonens (34 characters)
  • Shortest words: Ã¥ i (1 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with left hand: strafferettsetater (18 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with right hand: kinomonopol poliklinikk millionkupp (11 characters)

Brazilian

  • Total words found: 261798
  • Average word length: 9.91010244539683
  • Longest words: constitucionalizaríamos constitucionalizássemos interdisciplinariedades (23 characters)
  • Shortest words: a e o à é d ô (1 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with left hand: extraterrestres (15 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with right hand: pimpolho iluminou humilhou miolinho (8 characters)

Breton

  • Total words found: 32735
  • Average word length: 7.64695280281045
  • Longest words: gourc’hemennidigezh (19 characters)
  • Shortest words: a b d e f g h i j k l m n o p r t u v w y (1 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with left hand: abstretaat (10 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with right hand: komunion kouilhon (8 characters)

Brezhoneg

  • Total words found: 32735
  • Average word length: 7.64695280281045
  • Longest words: gourc’hemennidigezh (19 characters)
  • Shortest words: a b d e f g h i j k l m n o p r t u v w y (1 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with left hand: abstretaat (10 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with right hand: komunion kouilhon (8 characters)

British

  • Total words found: 146097
  • Average word length: 8.71017885377523
  • Longest words: antidisestablishmentarianism’s (30 characters)
  • Shortest words: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z (1 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with left hand: reverberated reverberates aftereffects desegregated desegregates stewardesses (12 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with right hand: polyphony Houyhnhnm homophony (9 characters)

British with accents

  • Total words found: 146097
  • Average word length: 8.71017885377523
  • Longest words: antidisestablishmentarianism’s (30 characters)
  • Shortest words: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z (1 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with left hand: reverberated reverberates aftereffects desegregated desegregates stewardesses (12 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with right hand: polyphony Houyhnhnm homophony (9 characters)

Bulgarian

  • Total words found: 2020285
  • Average word length: 10.617043139953
  • Longest words: ÎÁÃÉÏÎÁÌÓÏÃÉÁÌÉÓÔÉÞÅÓËÚÉÔÅ ×ÉÓÏËÏÐÒÅ×ßÚÈÏÄÉÔÅÌÓÔÅÎÉÑÔ ×ÉÓÏËÏÐÒÅ×ßÚÈÏÄÉÔÅÌÓÔÅÌÉÔÅ ×ÉÓÏËÏÐÒÅ×ßÚÈÏÄÉÔÅÌÓÔÅÍÉÑÔ ×ÉÓÏËÏÐÒÅ×ßÚÈÏÄÉÔÅÌÓÔÅÎÉÔÅ ×ÉÓÏËÏÐÒÅ×ßÚÈÏÄÉÔÅÌÓÔÅÔÉÔÅ ×ÉÓÏËÏÐÒÅ×ßÚÈÏÄÉÔÅÌÓÔÅ×ÉÑÔ ×ÉÓÏËÏÐÒÅ×ßÚÈÏÄÉÔÅÌÓÔÊÎÉÑÔ ×ÉÓÏËÏÐÒÅ×ßÚÈÏÄÉÔÅÌÓÔÑËÁÔÁ ×ÉÓÏËÏÐÒÅ×ßÚÈÏÄÉÔÅÌÓÔÑÐÏÔÏ ×ÉÓÏËÏÐÒÅ×ßÚÈÏÄÉÔÅÌÓÔÑÔÁÔÁ ÓÁÍÏÕÓß×ßÒÛÅÎÓÔ×Õ×ÁÎÏ×ÃÉÔÅ ×ÉÓÏËÏÐÒÅ×ßÚÈÏÄÉÔÅÌÓÔÅËÉÑÔ ×ÉÓÏËÏÐÒÅ×ßÚÈÏÄÉÔÅÌÓÔÅÌÉÑÔ ×ÉÓÏËÏÐÒÅ×ßÚÈÏÄÉÔÅÌÓÔÅÍÉÔÅ ×ÉÓÏËÏÐÒÅ×ßÚÈÏÄÉÔÅÌÓÔÅÐÉÔÅ ×ÉÓÏËÏÐÒÅ×ßÚÈÏÄÉÔÅÌÓÔÅÔÉÑÔ ×ÉÓÏËÏÐÒÅ×ßÚÈÏÄÉÔÅÌÓÔÅ×ÉÔÅ ×ÉÓÏËÏÐÒÅ×ßÚÈÏÄÉÔÅÌÓÔÊÎÁÔÁ ×ÉÓÏËÏÐÒÅ×ßÚÈÏÄÉÔÅÌÓÔÊÎÉÔÅ ×ÉÓÏËÏÐÒÅ×ßÚÈÏÄÉÔÅÌÓÔÊÎÏÔÏ ×ÉÓÏËÏÐÒÅ×ßÚÈÏÄÉÔÅÌÓÔÑÌÁÔÁ ×ÉÓÏËÏÐÒÅ×ßÚÈÏÄÉÔÅÌÓÔÑÍÁÔÁ ×ÉÓÏËÏÐÒÅ×ßÚÈÏÄÉÔÅÌÓÔÑËÏÔÏ ×ÉÓÏËÏÐÒÅ×ßÚÈÏÄÉÔÅÌÓÔÑÎÁÔÁ ×ÉÓÏËÏÐÒÅ×ßÚÈÏÄÉÔÅÌÓÔÑÌÏÔÏ ×ÉÓÏËÏÐÒÅ×ßÚÈÏÄÉÔÅÌÓÔÑÍÏÔÏ ×ÉÓÏËÏÐÒÅ×ßÚÈÏÄÉÔÅÌÓÔÑÐÁÔÁ ×ÉÓÏËÏÐÒÅ×ßÚÈÏÄÉÔÅÌÓÔÑÎÏÔÏ ×ÉÓÏËÏÐÒÅ×ßÚÈÏÄÉÔÅÌÓÔÑÔÏÔÏ ×ÉÓÏËÏÐÒÅ×ßÚÈÏÄÉÔÅÌÓÔÑ×ÁÔÁ ×ÉÓÏËÏÐÒÅ×ßÚÈÏÄÉÔÅÌÓÔÑ×ÏÔÏ ÎÁÃÉÏÎÁÌÎÏÏÓ×ÏÂÏÄÉÔÅÌÅÚÉÔÅ ×ÉÓÏËÏÐÒÅ×ßÚÈÏÄÉÔÅÌÓÔÅËÉÔÅ ×ÉÓÏËÏÐÒÅ×ßÚÈÏÄÉÔÅÌÓÔÅÐÉÑÔ (26 characters)
  • Shortest words: Õ × Ï Á Ã… É Ñ Ó (1 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with left hand: (0 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with right hand: (0 characters)

Canadian

  • Total words found: 146092
  • Average word length: 8.71005256961367
  • Longest words: antidisestablishmentarianism’s (30 characters)
  • Shortest words: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z (1 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with left hand: reverberated reverberates aftereffects desegregated desegregates stewardesses (12 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with right hand: polyphony Houyhnhnm homophony (9 characters)

Canadian with accents

  • Total words found: 146092
  • Average word length: 8.71005256961367
  • Longest words: antidisestablishmentarianism’s (30 characters)
  • Shortest words: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z (1 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with left hand: reverberated reverberates aftereffects desegregated desegregates stewardesses (12 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with right hand: polyphony Houyhnhnm homophony (9 characters)

Catalan

  • Total words found: 303750
  • Average word length: 9.717270781893
  • Longest words: desindustrialitzacions internacionalitzacions institucionalitzacions anticonstitucionalment (22 characters)
  • Shortest words: a c d e i l m n o p s t u (1 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with left hand: extraterrestres (15 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with right hand: monopoli polinomi (8 characters)

Croatian

  • Total words found: 376988
  • Average word length: 9.25569514148991
  • Longest words: proporcionalnointegracijskoderivacijski proporcionalnointegracijskoderivacijsko (39 characters)
  • Shortest words: b c d e g h i k l m o s t u (1 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with left hand: razvedravaste razvrstavaste (13 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with right hand: poliklinikom (12 characters)

Czech

  • Total words found: 3141344
  • Average word length: 11.6183837236546
  • Longest words: polyoxyethylensorbitanmonopalmitátech (37 characters)
  • Shortest words: a I k o s u V X z i v (1 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with left hand: dezagregace betatestere betatestera (11 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with right hand: poliklinikou (12 characters)

Danish

  • Total words found: 363055
  • Average word length: 11.1919819311124
  • Longest words: forureningsbegrænsningsprincippernes (36 characters)
  • Shortest words: A b D E F G H I J K L M N O P q R S T U V W X y Z a c d e g h i j k l m n o p r s t u v w x z Ã¥ f Ø ø æ (1 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with left hand: staveretarderedes (17 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with right hand: polynomium poliklinik (10 characters)

Dutch

  • Total words found: 222911
  • Average word length: 10.6775888134726
  • Longest words: ontwikkelingssamenwerkingsorganisaties (38 characters)
  • Shortest words: ad af ah ai al cd ar as at au eb cm fa eg ei do ga el en ge ha er es et ia ex go ja ij ik in hu kg is ma km me ju mi of oh om on nu os po sa se si te va ui uk wc we tv ut uw ze zo ba de hè ie je ka la na pa pi op re hé ra (2 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with left hand: verbeteraarsters (16 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with right hand: minimumloon (11 characters)

English

  • Total words found: 150226
  • Average word length: 8.77187038195785
  • Longest words: antidisestablishmentarianism’s (30 characters)
  • Shortest words: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z (1 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with left hand: reverberated reverberates aftereffects desegregated desegregates stewardesses (12 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with right hand: polyphony Houyhnhnm homophony (9 characters)

Faroese

  • Total words found: 91559
  • Average word length: 10.3917473978528
  • Longest words: Arbeiðsmarknaðareftirlønargrunninum heimasjúkrasystraheilsusjúkrasystra (35 characters)
  • Shortest words: A B D e f g h Í j k L N o p S u v y a c d í l n ó r ý á b ø s ú Ð ð æ (1 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with left hand: grasvargar adressatar Brattaberg dagfestast (10 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with right hand: millummonnunum (14 characters)

French

  • Total words found: 629569
  • Average word length: 11.1526885853655
  • Longest words: d’oto-rhino-laryngologistes (27 characters)
  • Shortest words: a y à (1 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with left hand: extraterrestres (15 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with right hand: l’opinion moinillon l’holmium philippin (9 characters)

Gaeilge

  • Total words found: 298394
  • Average word length: 10.3546854159266
  • Longest words: ghearr-chlóscríbhneoireachta ngearr-chlóscríbhneoireachta (28 characters)
  • Shortest words: a é i ó á í (1 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with left hand: dteagascadar dteasargadar (12 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with right hand: m’uillinn (9 characters)

Gaidhlig

  • Total words found: 15670
  • Average word length: 7.3865985960434
  • Longest words: Monadhchal-tuathaireach (23 characters)
  • Shortest words: a e i o á è ì é (1 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with left hand: barbarra cabasdar (8 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with right hand: ionmhuinn (9 characters)

German

  • Total words found: 298729
  • Average word length: 11.9683391970649
  • Longest words: Arbeitslosenversicherungsbeiträgen Informationsverarbeitungsprozessen Informationsverarbeitungsprozesses (34 characters)
  • Shortest words: ab ad AG AI ca BH CD cf DB Ar AT Au cm Co Fa EG EH Ei FF FG Dr eo du er GI He EU Fr ex ja IG II je HP Jg im in IP IQ IT Hz IV km IX KP kt ob kW öd lt KZ NL Mr ms Öl Nr NS OS Po Sa PR PS Sh so St SV WC UN TV US WM XI wo VW ZK zu am an da Ch Bö BP FC ff GB EM Hd et KB kg mA MB Md kp mm PC Ph pi qm um VI wg vs de au dm es Kb oh xi eh aß (2 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with left hand: Beratervertrages (16 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with right hand: Kolophonium (11 characters)

Greek

  • Total words found: 407752
  • Average word length: 10.6499244638898
  • Longest words: óôñïããõëïêïõëïõñéáæüíôïõóáí (27 characters)
  • Shortest words: ÃŒ ù Ã… ÃŽ ñ ó Õ ÷ Á  ã Ä Æ ç È é ê ì Í î Ï ð Ô ý Ö × Ø á â à ä æ Þ è É Ê ë í ï Ð Ñ ô ö ø Ù Ë Ã¥ (1 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with left hand: (0 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with right hand: (0 characters)

Indonesian

  • Total words found: 22666
  • Average word length: 8.21697696991088
  • Longest words: dipertanggungjawabkannya (24 characters)
  • Shortest words: ah am as cm di bu el ha es ia id ke km mi ku mm se si sr ya (2 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with left hand: bersastra terdaftar bersegera dasawarsa (9 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with right hand: poliklinik (10 characters)

Interlingua

  • Total words found: 100855
  • Average word length: 11.2612066828615
  • Longest words: otorhinolaryngologichissimemente (32 characters)
  • Shortest words: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z a e g i l m o s (1 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with left hand: effervescerea (13 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with right hand: philippino (10 characters)

Irish

  • Total words found: 298394
  • Average word length: 10.3546854159266
  • Longest words: ghearr-chlóscríbhneoireachta ngearr-chlóscríbhneoireachta (28 characters)
  • Shortest words: a é i ó á í (1 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with left hand: dteagascadar dteasargadar (12 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with right hand: m’uillinn (9 characters)

Italian

  • Total words found: 1898196
  • Average word length: 12.5198930984998
  • Longest words: elettrocardiograficissimamente (30 characters)
  • Shortest words: a b C d e f g h I j k L m n o p q r s t u V w X y z c è i l v x (1 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with left hand: scartavetrerebbe scartavetrereste (16 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with right hand: impollinino (11 characters)

Norsk

  • Total words found: 502825
  • Average word length: 12.9117525978223
  • Longest words: bygningsindustriarbeiderforbundets transportberedskapsorganisasjonene transportberedskapsorganisasjonens fiskeriforvaltningsorganisasjonene fiskeriforvaltningsorganisasjonens (34 characters)
  • Shortest words: Ã¥ i (1 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with left hand: strafferettsetater (18 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with right hand: kinomonopol poliklinikk millionkupp (11 characters)

Polish

  • Total words found: 2982517
  • Average word length: 12.1519307350134
  • Longest words: niedziewiêædziesiêciodwuipó³letniego niedziewiêædziesiêciodwuipó³letniemu (36 characters)
  • Shortest words: a e i o u w z (1 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with left hand: zbezczeszczasz (14 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with right hand: hipolimnionom pokomplikujmy hypolimnionom (13 characters)

Portuguese

  • Total words found: 386393
  • Average word length: 10.259119601028
  • Longest words: desconstitucionalizaríamos desconstitucionalizássemos (26 characters)
  • Shortest words: a e o à é á i s V X (1 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with left hand: desatarraxasses desatarraxastes desatarraxardes (15 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with right hand: pimpolho iluminou humilhou pimponou molhinho homiliou molinhou (8 characters)

Spanish

  • Total words found: 595946
  • Average word length: 10.3945625945975
  • Longest words: anticonstitucionalmente descomplementándonoslos descomplementándonoslas (23 characters)
  • Shortest words: a e o (1 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with left hand: extraterrestres (15 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with right hand: pillopillo (10 characters)

Suisse

  • Total words found: 629638
  • Average word length: 11.1525606777228
  • Longest words: d’oto-rhino-laryngologistes (27 characters)
  • Shortest words: a y à (1 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with left hand: extraterrestres (15 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with right hand: l’opinion moinillon l’holmium philippin (9 characters)

Swedish

  • Total words found: 118270
  • Average word length: 9.51265747865055
  • Longest words: produktionsstyrningssystemens produktionsstyrningssystemets (29 characters)
  • Shortest words: Ã¥ i ö (1 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with left hand: straffarbetets (14 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with right hand: Jokkmokk (8 characters)

Swiss

  • Total words found: 298779
  • Average word length: 11.9879877769187
  • Longest words: Arbeitslosenversicherungsbeiträgen Informationsverarbeitungsprozessen Informationsverarbeitungsprozesses (34 characters)
  • Shortest words: ab ad AG AI ca BH CD cf DB Ar AT Au cm Co Fa EG EH Ei FF FG Dr eo du er GI He EU Fr ex ja IG II je HP Jg im in IP IQ IT Hz IV km IX KP kt ob kW öd lt KZ NL Mr ms Öl Nr NS OS Po Sa PR PS Sh so St SV WC UN TV US WM XI wo VW ZK zu am an da Ch Bö BP FC ff GB EM Hd et KB kg mA MB Md kp mm PC Ph pi qm um VI wg vs de au dm es Kb oh xi eh (2 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with left hand: Beratervertrages (16 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with right hand: Kolophonium (11 characters)

Welsh

  • Total words found: 351885
  • Average word length: 9.27747985847649
  • Longest words: thra-arglwyddiaethasant thra-arglwyddiaethasent thra-arglwyddiaethasech thra-arglwyddiaethasoch (23 characters)
  • Shortest words: a e f o p y â i m (1 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with left hand: adargreffest gwastreffest gwastraffest adargraffest (12 characters)
  • Longest words that can be typed with right hand: hymunionom hymunionon (10 characters)

Note:

  • It is assumed that the keyboard layout is US English.
  • I thought counting consonants and vowels, and getting the list of words without consonants or vowels would be fun. But I couldn’t find which letters regarded as vowel or consonant for each language.
  • Some languages have all the possible single character words. This is probably bogus, but I leave them anyway.
  • Bulgarian and Greek are probably on different character set.
  • Anything else of interest to count?

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