[Vocabulary] memory stick? pen drive?

englishhobby

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What's the commonest word in English for the USB flash drive?
 

emsr2d2

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I call it a "flash drive", "pen drive" or "USB stick". I really don't have a preference. I use all of them.

Note that while most dictionaries do carry the superlative "commonest", it's not often used (in BrE at least). We tend to use "most common".
 

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"Thumb drive" is what I normally use. Or "memory stick."
 

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I personally tend to use 'flash drive' most of the time, although I'll occasionally call them 'thumb drives'.
 
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