The letters that appear most often in English are E, R, S, T, L, N, C, D, M, and O, in that order. This is a fact worth knowing if you ever find yourself on the syndicated game show Wheel of Fortune.
If you’re unfamiliar with the show, Wheel of Fortune is a game in which three contestants guess the letters of a phrase, name, or quote. If they get a letter right and it’s a consonant, they win the amount of money spun on a big wheel. To re-create the experience, play hangman with your friends in front of a studio audience, hand out random amounts of money when someone guesses a letter correctly, and give the winner a new Amana stove.
The next program you create this hour counts letter frequency in as many ...