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TIP #79 - This tip was sent on the week: 19th - 25th Feb, 2006

79 Searching by Usage Frequency

This tip applies to the following programs:

• TDT Professional

This is an attribute that you will find only in Word Magic Software dictionaries. Usage frequency indicates the relative number of times a word is used in daily speech or regular writings.


We have arranged and classified every single word and phrase in our dictionaries with “Usage Level”

* Level One includes all words regularly used in communication at Elementary School level. It includes “easy words” that just about everybody should know and understand. In the Dictionary they are displayed under Yellow Boxes.


* Level Two includes words at High School and College level. They are common words, but not as common as Level One. Most idioms and set-phrases fall within this category. In the Dictionary they are displayed with Red Boxes.


* Level Three includes more difficult, very rarely used words. Also slang, colloquial expressions and country-specific words are classified under this category. In the Dictionary they are displayed with Blue Boxes.

Just out of curiosity, let’s see how many words are included in our TDT dictionary under the Letter C in English. Type in C* and [ENTER] without any other additional Search restriction. The Results List (left bottom box) shows a display of 17,476.



Now, set the language direction in Spanish and type in C* [ENTER] again. We can see that in Spanish there is a greater number of words. It contains 29,364 words. [Note: This number is obtained with the additional Technical Dictionaries Package; if you do not have this package, the number will drop to 18,700.)



  1. 1) If you want to restrict your Search to “Easy Words Only” (Level One), go again to “Set Search Options “ , “Usage Level” , and . Now type in OK and C* [ENTER].

    See how the results number decreased to 2,390.

  2. 2) Now, let’s take a look at how many “Difficult Words” there are under the Letter C, in Spanish. Let’s go back to “Set Search Options“ , “Usage Level”, and . Notice that when you click on , your previous selection is still on. Therefore, you have to click again over it in order to deselect it.

    Results are now 4,417.


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