Beaten at my own game

Craig Lancaster, copy chief at the Billings Gazette, points to a game where you have to identify as many of the 100 most common words in the English language as you can in five minutes.

I got 30. I feel that I should have gotten more. Especially “of.” I missed of. Boo.

Try it out. Tell me how you do in the comments. And, hey, I’ve already spotted you a word.

15 thoughts on “Beaten at my own game

  1. katie says:

    I got 32. Thanks for that tip. ;)

  2. katie says:

    oh wait! i accidentally hit “stop” at 2 minutes. i bet i could have gotten more!

  3. Brian White says:

    Now you’re just showing off.

  4. I managed 40, but technically only 39 since you gave me “of.”

  5. Rachel says:

    I got 45. Now who’s showing off? :)

  6. Brian White says:

    I’m starting to think I should have inflated my score a little.

  7. katie says:


  8. Lauren says:

    I got 35. Perhaps you should have inflated your score. ;)

  9. Brian White says:

    OK. I just took it again and scored a 276! That’s better.

  10. Nathan says:

    41, Pbbbbffbbfft!

  11. Brian White says:

    Why the raspberry? I scored a 276. That’s much higher than 41.

  12. Jeri says:

    Also a 41. I cheated and copied off of Nathan.

    Some of the ones I missed I’m certain I tried – and some of them I can’t believe I didn’t. Oh, well.

  13. Editrix says:

    I got 37. Not too shabby. (But why didn’t I think of “it”? Why?!)

  14. Nathan says:

    I’ll also admit I didn’t like it that if it didn’t like a word, you had to delete it by backspacing. Took up time and killed train of thought.

    276. Pbbbbfffbbbfttttt!

  15. Eric says:

    41. Going through the forms of the irregular verb “to be” helped.

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