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'E' is the most commonly used letter in the English language

While the English alphabet is made up of 26 letters, one stands out more than most: the letter 'E'. In an analysis of every word in the Oxford English Dictionary, the letter 'E' appeared in 11% of all words, which places it at over 6000 more words than the runner-up, the letter 'A'. In general, the vowels, A, E, I, O, U, and Y, appear at almost twice the rate of any consonants. In dead last is the letter 'Q', which appears in only 0.196% of all words.