This is an attribute
that you will find only in Word Magic Software dictionaries.
Usage frequency indicates the relative number of times
a word is used in daily speech or regular writings.
We have arranged and classified every single word and
phrase in our dictionaries with “Usage Level”
* Level One includes all words regularly used in
communication at Elementary School level. It includes
“easy words” that just about everybody
should know and understand. In the Dictionary they
are displayed under Yellow Boxes.
* Level Two includes words at High School and College
level. They are common words, but not as common as
Level One. Most idioms and set-phrases fall within
this category. In the Dictionary they are displayed
with Red Boxes.
* Level Three includes more difficult, very rarely
used words. Also slang, colloquial expressions and
country-specific words are classified under this category.
In the Dictionary they are displayed with Blue Boxes.
Just out of curiosity, let’s see how many words
are included in our TDT dictionary under the Letter
C in English. Type in C* and [ENTER] without any other
additional Search restriction. The Results List (left
bottom box) shows a display of 17,476.
Now, set the language direction in Spanish and type
in C* [ENTER] again. We can see that in Spanish there
is a greater number of words. It contains 29,364 words.
[Note: This number is obtained with
the additional Technical Dictionaries Package; if you
do not have this package, the number will drop to 18,700.)
- 1) If you want to restrict your Search to “Easy
Words Only” (Level One), go again to “Set
Search Options “ ,
“Usage Level” , and .
Now type in OK and C* [ENTER].
See how the results number decreased to 2,390.
- 2) Now, let’s take a look at how many “Difficult
Words” there are under the Letter C, in Spanish.
Let’s go back to “Set Search Options“
“Usage Level”, and .
Notice that when you click on ,
your previous selection
is still on. Therefore, you have to click again over
it in order to deselect it.
Results are now 4,417.