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Most Common Food and Drink Words

Name the most common words for food and drink in the English language.
  • Source: Corpus of Contemporary American English
  • Not including words for meals or part of a meal
  • Includes seasonings but certain "questionable" words excluded
  • Complainers will be shot on sight
  • Quiz by Quizmaster - Nov 23, 2017
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rank
word
231
962
1373
1392
1451
1537
1548
1559
1663
1822
1826
1897
1898
1982
rank
word
2039
2072
2144
2162
2214
2273
2290
2336
2355
2365
2489
2494
2551
2644
rank
word
2726
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2774
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2939
3024
3128
3244
3269
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3361
3436
3547
3569
rank
word
3581
3586
3743
3955
4169
4315
4387
4403
4587
4660
4664
4739
4808
Excluded
373
food
540
oil
1529
fat
2004
drink
2217
alcohol
3262
grain
4577
wheat
4759
liver
Answer Stats
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word
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Your %
+5
level 79
Nov 22, 2017
Says "fat" is excluded, but it's there in the list too?
+6
level 70
Nov 22, 2017
So that more people can be shot.
+1
level 68
Nov 22, 2017
#rimshot
+3
level ∞
Nov 22, 2017
Grr.... fixed
+1
level 70
Nov 22, 2017
Surprisingly missing: ham, bacon, burger, coke, soda
+1
level 79
Nov 23, 2017
Bacon is really strange not to have. Burger too, but I think it's because in America McDonalds (etc) sell sandwiches and not hamburgers like in Europe mostly. So they would say "sandwich" and not "burger".
+1
level 70
Nov 24, 2017
And sausage. No way to be so low in e.g. German vocabulary list.
+2
level 63
Feb 12, 2018
I think I'm most surprised that "pie" isn't on there somewhere.
+1
level 34
Feb 12, 2018
and fries
+1
level 44
Feb 13, 2018
probably because a lot of countries call them chips, splits the results
+1
level 57
Feb 16, 2018
I would be surprised to see Coke on the list since it is a specific type of soda. That is, unless you're from one of those parts of the US that calls all soda Coke.
+1
level 70
Nov 22, 2017
Awesome quiz. Don't see the point of excluding the words you did. It would be more fun if you include them, and the criteria for exclusion seems very odd to me (e.g. wheat and grain are excluded but corn and rice are not; liver is excluded but egg, beef and chicken are not; oil is excluded but sauce is not). Maybe just exclude food and drink since they are in the title?
+4
level ∞
Nov 22, 2017
Bang, you've been shot :)
+1
level 65
Nov 23, 2017
You did say 'on sight'...
+1
level 70
Nov 24, 2017
Posted this before the execution edict which surely isn't retroactive. So I'm still kickin'. Are all suggestions now categorized as complaining? I took a minute to give a little feedback about what I think would make this groovy quiz even more enjoyable for us peons. A courtesy, courteously delivered. Ah, the sweet fragility of quizmasters....
+3
level ∞
Nov 24, 2017
It's a joke, don't worry about it.

In response to your original comment, it's impossible to define inclusion criteria that everyone will agree on. Sometimes, as a quizmaker, you have to be arbitrary. And, in those cases, feedback isn't really useful, because it's just a different version of arbitrary. Thus the need to shoot on sight.

+1
level 64
Feb 12, 2018
But then why make exclusions at all if it's all arbitrary? Just include everything and let the commentors shoot each other to death.
+1
level 44
Feb 12, 2018
Don't understand why corn was included but wheat was excluded. *BANG*
+1
level 44
May 18, 2018
I think the reason things like wheat and grain were excluded but corn and rice weren’t is just because people actually eat corn and rice by themselves, but they don’t eat wheat or grain individually.
+1
level 71
Nov 23, 2017
I was a bit confused about what was being asked for... but I'm not complaining... I like being confused
+2
level 53
Feb 12, 2018
That's ok, better confused then dead...
+1
level 44
May 18, 2018
BANG... oh, oh. Sorry about that.
+1
level 60
Nov 23, 2017
how do you know when use of "orange" correlates with food?
+1
level ∞
Nov 24, 2017
The source also lists part of speech. Orange appears on the list as an adjective and as a noun.
+1
level 70
Nov 23, 2017
Rabbit is more common than steak? Get a life, people!
+1
level 70
Dec 15, 2017
Note that the rabbit includes cases when it's not mentioned as (human) food.
+1
level 73
Feb 12, 2018
Surprised rabbit was on the list but strawberry and blueberry were not. Even counting nonfood uses of rabbit, I would still have thought those fruits were spoken of more often.
+1
level 44
Nov 30, 2017
Complainers will be shot on sight? Umm... I don’t like your rules
+1
level 66
Jan 31, 2018
Are you complaining?
+1
level 52
Feb 12, 2018
Bang! You've been shot!
+1
level 14
Feb 1, 2018
I love this quiz. I really do. It really entertained me. But you should take out your "Not including words for meals" at the beginning. Pizza kinda is right?
+1
level 65
Feb 12, 2018
He means not including words like "breakfast", "lunch", "dinner", etc.
+1
level 26
Feb 12, 2018
Can I get Shot?
+1
level 65
Feb 12, 2018
Bang! You've been shot!
+1
level 44
Mar 9, 2018
Bang! I wanted to kill them!
+1
level 43
Jun 23, 2018
Not complaining but i was really surprised to see rabbit. Of all things.
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