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Ayers Spelling Scale

The Ayers Spelling Scale was published in 1915 by Leonard Porter Ayers, who created a list of the 1000 most common words and ranked them by difficulty. Those words are listed below in order of frequency. For an alphabetical listing, please see Ayres List–Alphabetical.

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the
and
of
to
I
a
in
that
you
for
it
was
is
will
as
have
not
with
be
your
at
we
on
he
by
but
my
this
his
which
dear
from
are
all
me
so
one
if
they
had
has
very
been
were
would
she
or
there
her
an
when
time
go
some
any
can
what
send
out
them
him
more
about
no
please
week
night
their
other
up
our
good
say
could
who
may
letter
make
write
thing
think
should
truly
now
its
two
take
thank
do
after
than
sir
last
house
just
over
then
work
day
here
said
only
well
am
these
tell
even
made
know
year
before
long
sincerely
shall
sent
us
give
Mr.
like
enclose
next
want
hope
love
men
old
every
find
most
such
today
must
way
first
new
seem
morning
school
great
wish
home
feel
glad
never
three
much
how
until
many
put
get
into
let
yesterday
come
ever
girl
also
where
while
did
little
look
respectfully
afternoon
Miss
those
too
man
own
receive
soon
once
street
ask
down
yet
see
since
cannot
help
away
course
through
call
meet
people
another
number
place
Sunday
use
church
nice
sure
anything
hour
children
don’t
four
kind

oblige
nothing
off
believe
boy
city
found
pay
tomorrow
doctor
five
o’clock
read
back
enough
fine
order
bed
cold
live
mail
few
hear
child
mother
return
same
almost
because
big
Monday
month
start
always
both
cordially
expect
mean
quite
Saturday
again
Friday
something
talk
though
office
Tuesday
best
came
says
car
ground
room
thought
under
board
far
nine
without
arrest
trip
cent
right
side
Thursday
friend
bad
late
money
need
still
book
hand
mile
paper
party
word
madam
six
ten
why
perhaps
answer
half
keep
life
ago
business
does
each
eight
knew
picture
show
build
care
eye
gentleman
head
left
whether
interest
January
present
teacher
tire
upon
young
done
high
sorry
train
whom
broke
during
feet
itself
several
brought
everything
run
took
better
lost
possible
September
sick
visit
went
act
begin
desire
eat
guess
hard
line
mind
October
poor
remember
Wednesday
women
wonder
conference
died
glass
held
less
understand
along
August
evening
father
forenoon
large
meant
seven
address
charge
family
finish
hot
known
least
plan
saw
seen
whole
whose
action
change
court
follow
matter
cost
February
lady
part
reply
spend
attend
case
fall
however
July
report
speak
vote
wife
bring
company
cut
member
November
open
reach
regard
women
according
between
bill

certain
copy
deal
director
might
move
rain
small
summer
together
against
clean
decide
issue
Mrs.
near
prompt
question
ring
sit
stamp
turn
winter
busy
folks
happy
lake
maybe
obtain
pass
ran
study
become
December
dress
early
either
end
except
farther
heard
March
personal
rather
water
written
April
Christmas
country
fact
herself
immediate
marriage
May
provision
reason
slide
story
unfortunate
arrange
awful
complete
fire
forget
gave
kill
mere
nearly
neither
noon
past
service
unless
aunt
ball
character
full
further
learn
often
principle
ride
second
sister
size
state
thus
yes
afraid
annual
automobile
coming
date
heart
law
name
running
separate
sold
told
although
among
association
close
club
dollar
evidence
form
himself
intend
June
list
public
station
table
true
already
appreciate
body
clear
cover
driven
fair
getting
got
instead
pleasant
price
relative
rule
son
song
sudden
throw
war
west
world
accept
alone
arrive
began
carry
distribute
earliest
effort
hat
justice
lose
lot
material
not
sometimes
struck
unable
various
anyway
band
boat
dark
difference
door
enter
face
husband
importance
lead
light
offer
pleasure
prepare
refer
represent
rest
river
scene
special
stand
stop
trust
try
walk
warm
weather
condition
different
else
especially
game
grant
indeed
liberty
necessary
object
paid
plant
popular
post
pretty
prison
road
section

subject
success
supply
system
tax
allow
amount
appoint
expense
felt
fifth
fill
front
information
miss
none
press
red
salary
secure
set
tenth
ticket
usual
wait
worth
beside
bought
built
buy
carried
destroy
direction
fell
fourth
grand
hold
inform
lay
leave
length
loss
mine
ought
outside
pair
probably
ready
real
request
spring
stay
stole
themselves
third
top
toward
watch
wrote
account
across
around
card
cause
death
divide
doubt
drown
easy
escape
free
gone
happen
hurt
led
low
mention
promise
result
select
serve
soap
suggest
teach
terrible
therefore
uncle
absence
article
became
behind
brother
dead
delay
drill
effect
employ
entire
entrance
extreme
fix
forty
general
objection
perfect
period
rapid
region
remain
repair
sail
search
short
stood
suppose
view
while
able
above
assure
auto
baby
catch
duty
education
extra
fail
foot
forward
goes
government
impossible
include
income
increase
inside
investigate
judgment
navy
omit
opinion
police
position
power
prefer
proper
push
raise
really
round
shut
tonight
total
trouble
aboard
air
appear
beautiful
burn
capture
career
check
contain
deep
direct
dozen
east
elect
election
engage
express
final
finally
gold
horse
motion
north
occupy
preliminary
principal
proceed
provide
refuse
relief
retire
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sight
south
spent
stopped
vacation
weigh
wind
wonderful
add
affair
attempt
black
claim
common

convenient
convention
daughter
declare
estate
event
factory
favor
God
illustrate
injure
lesson
minute
news
political
prove
rate
soft
suffer
surprise
tree
wear
within
yard
age
athletic
attention
avenue
bear
begun
belong
camp
cast
circular
class
clothing
collect
colonies
combination
comfort
complaint
consideration
disappoint
distinguish
due
feature
field
firm
human
manner
neighbor
progress
recent
sea
session
statement
suit
theater
visitor
agreement
alike
allege
application
argument
arrangement
beg
chief
cities
clerk
command
committee
concern
consider
contract
crowd
dash
debate
decision
degree
department
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difficulty
discussion
district
elaborate
emergency
empire
engine
enjoy
entertain
entitle
estimate
experience
fight
figure
file
flight
slower
foreign
guest
history
important
imprison
improvement
jail
newspaper
organization
personal
piece
play
primary
receipt
responsible
restrain
royal
secretary
spell
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summon
testimony
track
travel
victim
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addition
adopt
army
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await
beginning
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blow
blue
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bridge
celebration
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chain
circumstance
citizen
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convict
develop
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famous
fortune
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invitation
judge
land
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machine
majority
mayor
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national
official
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point
population
pound
practical
president
print
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property
publication
publish
purpose
race
railroad
recommend
recover
reference
senate
serious
ship
steamer
support
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