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The subject of this blog is completely different - I think it is insane.

But I had to write it down as it appears so fascinatingly interesting, albeit useless.

If you look at the website (

*http://letterfrequency.org/*), you can find the order in which letters of the alphabet occur in words of the English language. They occur in the following order - highest frequency first:

*e t a o i n s r h l d c u m f p g w y b v k x j q z*
The first 12 letters are found in 80% of the words.

Actual values are (notice slight discrepancy after letter

Actual values are (notice slight discrepancy after letter

*m)*The story begins with my granddaughter writing to me to say that

**the spellings of numbers from zero to ninety-nine do not contain the first four letters of the alphabet, namely**

*I was surprised to see the letter*

**a, b, c and d.***a*in the list as it is the third most frequent letter used in English language, and to be missing in the spellings of the first thousand numbers (it first appears in a thousand) would be curious.

I then got down to prepare a list of letters missing in number spellings. What use is it? - I have no idea but I think it is insanely interesting.

(The notation used here is: 10^n is 1 followed by n zeros; 10^2 is 100; 10^6 is 1,000,000 or 1 million; and so on)

__Letter____First Appearance__

**a 10^3 or 1,000 Thousand**

**b 10^9 or Billion**

**c 10^27 or Octillion**

**d 10^2 or Hundred**

**j does not occur in any spellings**

**k does not occur in any spellings**

**m 10^6 or Million**

**p 10^24 or Septillion**

**q 10^15 or Quadrillion**

**I might have missed something and got one or more errors in the list - please let me know.**

I could start looking at negative powers of 10 but I think that is taking things a bit too far.

I hope you enjoyed reading through the blog - slightly different from the usual serious stuff; this is what you get when you start talking to your grandchildren.