OGDEN's BASIC ENGLISH
Some Word Categories by Jim
- Color / Visual
see look color dark light beautiful shade.
black blue brown clear gray green orange red yellow white.
Nouns sometimes used: brass copper gold silver sky
about across after against among at between by in with through forward here
over under up down on off with direction distance.
north south east west left right front back high low far near.
about after at before between till while when again ever now still
tomorrow yesterday second minute day week month year
fall spring winter summer night
time clock first second last morning night early late slow quick
animal ant bee bird cat cow dog egg fish fly fowl
goat horse insect monkey pig rat sheep snake sponge worm
- Food and Drink
apple berry bread butter cake cheese drink egg food fish fruit grain meal meat
milk nut orange potato rice root salt seed soup sugar water wine
International : alcohol , beef , beer , champagne , chocolate, citron , coffee , cocktail , cognac , liqueur , macaroni , olive , omelet , rum , salad , sardine , tapioca , tea , toast , vanila , vodka , whisky .
building bread butter canvas cloth coal cook drink family food linen
meal meat milk money play rice room silk sleep soup step sugar vessel
walk wash wine wool
basket bath bed bell blade board book boot bottle box brick brush bucket
bulb button cake camera card cart carriage chain cheese chest clock
coat collar comb cord cup curtain cushion door drain drawer dress flag floor
fork frame glove hat jewel kettle key
knife knot lock map match nail needle oven parcel pen pencil picture
pin pipe plate plow pot pump rail ring rod roof screw shelf shirt shoe
skirt sock spade sponge spoon stamp stick stocking table thread ticket tray
trousers umbrella wall watch wheel whip whistle window wire.
- Clothes :
boot button coat collar dress glove hat
shirt shoe silk skirt sock stocking trousers umbrella watch.
- Tools :
band blade brush bucket cord gun hammer hook knife knot
nail needle pin pipe plow pump ring rod screw spade wheel wire.
- Buildings :
bridge building church hospital house library prison school
structure station store street town train wall.
- People :
baby boy daughter family father female friend girl
male man married mother person relation self sister son woman.
chief cook manager porter secretary servant.
By adding to nouns -er : worker, roofer, etc.
- Body Parts :
arm back body bone brain chest chin ear eye
face fat feather finger foot hair hand head heart horn
knee leg lip mind mouth muscle neck nerve nose skin stomach
tail throat thumb toe tongue tooth wing.
cough dead death disease feeble ill pain sneeze.
- Materials :
brass copper glass gold iron leather material metal
silver steel tin tree.
brick canvas cloth coal linen silk wool.
- Transport :
boat bridge carriage flight harbor
sail sea train transport plane rail river road wheel whistle.
- Business / Industry
agreement business committee company competition credit debt development
distribution division exchange expansion growth harbor industry
instrument interest invention market manager money office oil operation owner
payment plant produce profit system trade transport
art authority chalk development direction education encylopedia growth history ink
language law learning letter music news paint paper paste pen pencil reading reason religion
rule say science school scissors square
stamp talk teaching test theory thought word writing
act agreement authority committee control country crime debt decision discussion
distribution division education government history judge language law
meeting nation office order organization political power property protest
punishment record religion representative secretary society tax
army attack boat company control country crush damage death destruction division earth
effect event fight fire flame general gun light force harbor land map military
operation order organization peace plane position powder power push range
river road sea smash support vessel war
- Agriculture / Nature
air animal cheese cloud cotton dust earth field farm fruit
garden grain growth ice land leaf leather meat milk mist moon mountain natural nut plant plow price process produce rain range rice river road
salt sand seed sky slope snow spade star stream sun
thunder water weather wind.
Algebra : addition, amount, division, greater, less, number, power, product, root, times
Geometry : angle, arch, ball, circle, cord, curve, line, plane, point, square, solid, square
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Created on January 1, 1996. Last changed 9Apr05 to add to Education
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These categories were created in about three hours as an exercise
to find what was available for topics of interest or that suggested
Trying to put the words into categories is endless because the whole
language will be used for every topic.
Ogden knew what meanings he intended for each word: "General" no doubt
was to mean non-specific. Can it also be used for army General?
I am impressed with the richness in language that can come from a small