I am using a text analysis tool to analyse a number of academic texts. The tool provides a list of words used, and a count for each. When describing the results, I want to distinguish between the meaningful/significant words, and the rest - which are generic words such as 'the', 'and', 'a', 'of', 'to', 'is', 'in', 'that', 'for', 'be' etc.
I need a word or phrase that can best describe these generic words, so that I can say that I have eliminated them from my review. My sentence as it stands is:
‘Risk’ was the third most frequently used word, after eliminating the generic words from the analysis.
I am looking to replace generic in this sentence with the correct term.