Of Interest: The inventor of Morse code, Samuel Morse (1791-1872), needed to know this so that he could give the simplest codes to the most frequently used letters. He did it simply by counting the number of letters in sets of printers' type. The figures he came up with were:
12,000 E -- 9,000 T -- 8,000 A, I, N, O, S
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In the Standard Qwerty keyboard layout, the most frequently used letters in English are: ETASORNI.
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Response last updated by gtho4 on Jun 01 2021.
Mar 24 2008, 12:19 PM