Which Letters of the Alphabet Are Least Used in English?

Which Letters of the Alphabet Are Least Used in English?

The letters of the alphabet that are used least frequently in the English language are Q, J, Z and X. Each of these letters is used in less than one percent of English vocabulary. Of these, X is the least common letter at the beginning of words.

By contrast, the letter E is the most frequently used in the English vocabulary. It appears in more than 11 percent of words. The letters R, N, T and S are not too far behind, with S being the most common letter at the start of words.

Of the vowels, which are all used fairly frequently, the letter U occurs the least often.