I don't usually post on the weekends, but since I'm in the A to Z blog challenge, here we are! Saturday and posting! :)
H is for: Hapax
I thought I would take a break from possibly useful words to bring you a rather interesting one: hapax. It's pronounced like "happens," but with an "x" at the end, sort of like "happex." A hapax (or hapax legomenon) is a word that appears only once in a body of [writing] work. Weird, huh? And it happens a lot more than you might think, too. Statistically speaking, if you were to count the numbers of occurrences of every word in a piece of literature, roughly 40 to 60 percent of the words are hapax legomena.
Need proof? 78% of the words in this post are a hapax. (Longer bodies of work are closer to that stat.)
Good luck finding common use for this bit of knowledge, but if it's ever your million-dollar question on a game show or something, send me a postcard, would ya? :) (And a shoe box full of hundreds, LOL.)
Have a great weekend!