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There are people studying this. Classical Chinese Character Frequency List Modern Chinese Character Frequency List Now do your own comparisons because I'm lazy. Update -- I feel less lazy today so I'll give it a shot. For obvious purposes, let't take the first 1000 characters in the classical list and see where they go in the trend. I can't do scripts ...


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Based on Wang Dingwei's answer, I ran a quick script on these two files. Here are the Classical characters that don't appear in the Modern list. C Class Modern 鐸 4128 ? 諲 5008 ? 鞶 5488 ? 鉷 5516 ? 鴈 5657 ? 頔 5672 ? 褾 5730 ? 衎 5761 ? 蟽 5789 ? 綯 5817 ? 諴 5851 ? 禼 5872 ? 虓 5877 ? 菶 5892 ? ...



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