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Title: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Cyrillic on November 24, 2012, 01:31:27 PM
Take the test (http://testyourvocab.com/) and tell us. Don't cheat! Only fill in the words you know. It should be done within a few minutes.

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Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: mike on November 24, 2012, 01:48:19 PM
I'm to embarrassed.
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Cyrillic on November 24, 2012, 01:57:04 PM
I'm to embarrassed.

No need to be ashamed  :)
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: mike on November 24, 2012, 01:58:35 PM
I'm to embarrassed.

No need to be ashamed  :)

8.4 k
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Cyrillic on November 24, 2012, 02:06:20 PM
I'm to embarrassed.

No need to be ashamed  :)

8.4 k

"And for foreign learners of English, we've found that the most common vocabulary size is from 2,500–9,000 words."

Well, not that bad after all.
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Ruprecht on November 24, 2012, 02:14:00 PM
Got a 37,400 score; minored in English lit and still read a lot..... odd words stick in my brain!
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Asteriktos on November 24, 2012, 02:36:32 PM
28,000. I am devastated. (somewhat serious)
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Frederic on November 24, 2012, 03:49:37 PM
26 100 words
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: ialmisry on November 24, 2012, 04:15:34 PM
Lower than I thought: 32,900
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: FormerReformer on November 24, 2012, 04:18:40 PM
39,600
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Cyrillic on November 24, 2012, 04:19:53 PM
Oh wow, everyone. I am impressed.
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Ebor on November 24, 2012, 04:43:09 PM
43,700

Maybe because I'm older so I'm just had more time to read.  ;)
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Severian on November 24, 2012, 05:21:58 PM
16,300 (but then again, I did sort of rush through the test).

You'd think that getting a 97% average in English III Honors would have caused me to earn a higher score. I'm rather disappointed in myself! >:( :D

Thanks for sharing this fun test, Cyrillic.
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Ashman618 on November 24, 2012, 06:15:54 PM
21800
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: orthonorm on November 24, 2012, 06:51:17 PM
Would be nice if they gave you the option to select all then deselect what you don't know.

Being conservative: 42.1k
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Shiny on November 24, 2012, 06:53:03 PM
I don't even know what some of these words are!

Like? Think? Work? New?

But I know what uxoricide, legerdemain, hypnopompic, opsimath, tatterdemalion, williwaw and terpsichorean are!

43,700

Maybe because I'm older so I'm just had more time to read.  ;)
More time to read the dictionary!
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: orthonorm on November 24, 2012, 06:53:59 PM
I don't even know what some of these words are!

Like? Think? Work? New?

But I know what uxoricide, legerdemain, hypnopompic, opsimath, tatterdemalion, williwaw and terpsichorean are!

That is sorta what my German is like.
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: orthonorm on November 24, 2012, 06:57:56 PM
This is a BS test.

It is testing a very passive vocabulary. I clicked only those words which I could probably give a relatively accurate definition for.

Many I didn't click I had a vague idea about and would be able to understand more accurately within context.

Some I had never encountered.

People's active vocabulary, especially those words which make up most of their usage ain't very much.

My German passive vocabulary hasn't changed much.

Oh but how my active vocabulary has. It's terrible.

And my passive vocabulary for other Germanic languages which I never studied or spent anytime with is pretty high. And my active vocabulary is probably a dozen or words, if I think very, very hard, I might hit one hundred.

Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: orthonorm on November 24, 2012, 07:00:36 PM
Cyrillic, you are a beast.

Did you grow around a lot of English?

Maybe you spoken English ain't that great, but good grief trying to figure out you are a non-native speaker from your writing, or are you a native speaker?
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Melodist on November 24, 2012, 08:29:58 PM
It's not the size of your vocabulary that matters, but how well you use it.
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: SolEX01 on November 24, 2012, 09:10:50 PM
29,800 and English is my second language.
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: William on November 24, 2012, 09:46:49 PM
25,000. That test owned me. A Dutch guy almost beat me!
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: qawe on November 24, 2012, 09:58:02 PM
27,100 words
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Benjamin the Red on November 24, 2012, 10:15:44 PM
32,500 words.

A little less than 7,000 words more than the "average native speaker" my age. Meh. I was hoping for a bit more...
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Ebor on November 24, 2012, 10:43:09 PM
I don't even know what some of these words are!

Like? Think? Work? New?

But I know what uxoricide, legerdemain, hypnopompic, opsimath, tatterdemalion, williwaw and terpsichorean are!

43,700

Maybe because I'm older so I'm just had more time to read.  ;)
More time to read the dictionary!

I admit that I liked to read the encyclopedia when I was a kid.  We had a set of World Book

 ;D
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Severian on November 24, 2012, 11:22:47 PM
Upon retaking the test (more carefully this time), my result was 19,100 words.
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Anastasia1 on November 24, 2012, 11:23:37 PM
Woops. Did not see what forum section this was in.
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: dzheremi on November 25, 2012, 12:00:31 AM
31,100. Slightly higher than the average for my age (27,808), but still seems mighty low given my career choice. Dang.

Also, Ebor's post reminded me that I broke my kneecap at the beginning of summer when I was 12 years old. When my grandfather heard about it, he sent me a very old, very heavy (hardback) desk dictionary from his office library at home (he was a medical doctor). I read the whole thing from cover to cover that summer, since I couldn't really go anywhere or do anything (a full leg cast, plus just generally being 12 years old, led to a lot of home-based boredom). Obviously I've forgotten most of it by now. Oh well.
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Shiny on November 25, 2012, 12:05:16 AM
I don't even know what some of these words are!

Like? Think? Work? New?

But I know what uxoricide, legerdemain, hypnopompic, opsimath, tatterdemalion, williwaw and terpsichorean are!

43,700

Maybe because I'm older so I'm just had more time to read.  ;)
More time to read the dictionary!

I admit that I liked to read the encyclopedia when I was a kid.  We had a set of World Book

 ;D
Sadly I only had one volume of World Book, but I cherished it.

I like home encyclopedia's, the Professor and I had a nice little chat about them a few months ago.
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: macclesfieldfan1990 on November 25, 2012, 12:24:26 AM
37,500 words

http://testyourvocab.com/?r=2191869
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Tallitot on November 25, 2012, 12:33:03 AM
I don't even know what some of these words are!

Like? Think? Work? New?

But I know what uxoricide, legerdemain, hypnopompic, opsimath, tatterdemalion, williwaw and terpsichorean are!

43,700

Maybe because I'm older so I'm just had more time to read.  ;)
More time to read the dictionary!

I admit that I liked to read the encyclopedia when I was a kid.  We had a set of World Book

 ;D
we had a set of World Book, from about 1964 and an old set of Funk & Wagnels from 1922.
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Frederic on November 25, 2012, 12:42:57 AM
But I know what uxoricide, legerdemain, hypnopompic, opsimath, tatterdemalion, williwaw and terpsichorean are!

I guessed the meaning of uxoricide simply by analysing the Latin roots.
uxor = spouse, -cide (< cædes) = massacre.

For terpsichorean, it is easy if one knows who the muse Terpsichore is.
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Alpo on November 25, 2012, 04:52:25 AM
10,800

I'm a bit embarassed over this. I know I'm not a native speaker, anyhow gifted with languages nor have I ever lived or even visited an English-speaking country but I still hoped for a little better result. Talk about perfectionism.
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Cyrillic on November 25, 2012, 08:37:34 AM
25,000. That test owned me. A Dutch guy almost beat me!

The shame would have been unbearable!  :)

Cyrillic, you are a beast.

Did you grow around a lot of English?

Maybe you spoken English ain't that great, but good grief trying to figure out you are a non-native speaker from your writing, or are you a native speaker?

Oh, you're making me blush.

No, I'm not a native speaker and I didn't grow up around a lot of English. I did play video games often though, and they were in English. Perhaps that helped.
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Ansgar on November 25, 2012, 09:55:51 AM
I think the sole purpose with this test is to lower my self esteem.
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Αριστοκλής on November 25, 2012, 11:05:10 AM
I think the sole purpose with this test is to lower my self esteem.

Heard that...just 36,700. And I see no need to learn those I did not know.

(Now back to my Attic Greek vocabulary studies...)
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Anastasia1 on November 25, 2012, 12:49:48 PM
I think the sole purpose with this test is to lower my self esteem.
My results are pathetic.

What books are best for improving one's vocabulary?
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Cyrillic on November 25, 2012, 01:15:13 PM
I think the sole purpose with this test is to lower my self esteem.

What books are best for improving one's vocabulary?

You could start with the dictionary.
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Ebor on November 25, 2012, 02:06:55 PM
I think the sole purpose with this test is to lower my self esteem.
My results are pathetic.

What books are best for improving one's vocabulary?

What kinds of books do you like to read?  Classic literature or poetry can have a lot of different words. Non-fiction can have a lot of vocabulary depending on the topic.  Different genres like mysteries or Science Fiction or Westerns will also often have more specialized word usage.
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Arachne on December 25, 2012, 08:51:06 PM
I'm a native Greek speaker who trained to become an English teacher.

In my first year at university, I encountered a short story from the mid-20th century (Faulkner or Steinbeck, I always confuse those two) where I had to cover the book margins with notes on over 100 unknown words.

20 years later, I stand at 38.3K.
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Clare G. on December 26, 2012, 01:36:11 AM
43,700

Maybe because I'm older so I've just had more time to read.  ;)

Me too, but not as good as you: that must be close to the maximum.
42,800
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Eastern Mind on December 26, 2012, 12:43:16 PM
20,900
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Asteriktos on January 31, 2013, 04:19:04 PM
28,000. I am devastated. (somewhat serious)

Took it again. 30,800. Still devastated.
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Marc1152 on January 31, 2013, 04:54:08 PM
30,300
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Cyrillic on January 31, 2013, 04:55:10 PM
24800 now.
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Carl Kraeff (Second Chance) on January 31, 2013, 05:53:57 PM
38,500.
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: TheMathematician on February 03, 2013, 03:35:23 PM
The max score is 45 000 words, i just chose all of them to see what they are saying is the max
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Tikhon.of.Colorado on February 03, 2013, 04:20:42 PM
I lost interest before I could finish the test. :(
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Fr.Aidan on February 03, 2013, 07:58:22 PM
37,500. I am embarrassed. But then again, what do you expect of someone who is a Warned Person?  ;)

http://testyourvocab.com/?r=2378103
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Deborah on February 05, 2013, 07:09:36 AM
35,400
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Asteriktos on February 05, 2013, 07:20:55 AM
My wounded pride keeps letting a certain idea be entertained in my mind, albeit briefly and it's quickly dismissed: that you all are just cheating.  :-[
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Kerdy on February 05, 2013, 08:58:06 AM
How many words are in the dictionary? 
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Asteriktos on February 05, 2013, 08:59:28 AM
"The Second Edition of the 20-volume  Oxford English Dictionary contains full entries for 171,476 words in current use, and 47,156 obsolete words. To this may be added around 9,500 derivative words included as subentries."

-- Source (http://oxforddictionaries.com/words/how-many-words-are-there-in-the-english-language)

I guess that's as good an answer as any...? :)
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Carl Kraeff (Second Chance) on February 05, 2013, 11:51:02 AM
37,500. I am embarrassed. But then again, what do you expect of someone who is a Warned Person?  ;)

http://testyourvocab.com/?r=2378103


No excuses Father!  :)

I have been warned and I scored 38,500, which is nothing to rave about, but the words that I missed are so rare in my readings that I am fine with my score.
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: dcommini on February 05, 2013, 01:56:44 PM
42,900 (http://testyourvocab.com/?r=2382580)... beat my brother
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Fr.Aidan on February 05, 2013, 06:41:40 PM
Now I really feel subintellectual. But happy for you and the other people smarter than me.  :)

May you use your gifts to the glory and praise of God!

Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: choy on February 05, 2013, 08:37:49 PM
I'm to embarrassed.

*too

Unless there is some humor intended here ;)
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Apostolos on February 06, 2013, 10:14:04 AM
17,200 words (http://testyourvocab.com/?r=2384087)
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: dcommini on February 06, 2013, 04:39:27 PM
Now I really feel subintellectual. But happy for you and the other people smarter than me.  :)

May you use your gifts to the glory and praise of God!



Don't feel too subintellectual, I'm a native English speaker and I went to private schools throughout my life. I do envy others that can speak more than one language fluently; I can speak a little of different languages, but none fluently and two only enough to get by in dire situations...

And once I figure out what my gifts are I'll be sure to use them to praise God.
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Shiny on February 06, 2013, 04:43:13 PM
I think my vocabulary has considerably declined over the years since I have worked in the corporate world.

Too much doublespeak and euphemisms, sadly.
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Carl Kraeff (Second Chance) on February 06, 2013, 04:52:21 PM
I think my vocabulary has considerably declined over the years since I have worked in the corporate world.

Too much doublespeak and euphemisms, sadly.

No, your problem is that you re disrespecting Cleveland. FYI, Cleveland is 30 miles north of Akron; the hometown of Father George; the home of Soap Box Derby; and the former Rubber Capital of the World. Here is more info:

Airships, blimps, dirigibles, and zeppelins have been manufactured at the Goodyear Airdock since World War II.

The Goodyear Polymer and National Polymer Innovation Centers are on the University of Akron campus which anchors the Polymer Valley and is home to the Archives of the History of American Psychology.

Akron also headquartered the National Marble Tournament, Professional Bowlers Association, and Women's Professional Mud Wrestling.

Home to employers such as Summa, GOJO Industries, FirstMerit Bank, and FirstEnergy, it is listed by Newsweek as one of ten Information Age high tech havens.

Awarded by the National Civic League and National Arbor Day Foundation, it was named one of the world's most livable cities.

The All-American Soapbox Derby, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, National Hamburger Festival, Founders Day (Alcoholics Anonymous), and Road Runner Akron Marathon are annually hosted by the city which is a venue for some events of the 2014 Gay Games.

Tourist attractions include Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and Lock 3 Park where the American Marble & Toy Manufacturing Company once stood.
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Shiny on February 06, 2013, 04:56:44 PM
It is also home to the Cleveland Browns, the factory of sadness.

But was your post Poe's Law in effect?
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: orthonorm on February 06, 2013, 05:19:10 PM
It is also home to the Cleveland Browns, the factory of sadness.

But was your post Poe's Law in effect?

Cleveland sucks. But not as bad as Akron.

In increasing degree of suckage:

Cincinnati->Cleveland->Columbus->Dayton->Toledo->Akron->Youngstown

Athens and Yellow Springs aren't properly located in Ohio but only within the imaginations of those who pretend their addresses are there.
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Shiny on February 06, 2013, 05:29:22 PM
It is also home to the Cleveland Browns, the factory of sadness.

But was your post Poe's Law in effect?

Cleveland sucks. But not as bad as Akron.

In increasing degree of suckage:

Cincinnati->Cleveland->Columbus->Dayton->Toledo->Akron->Youngstown

Athens and Yellow Springs aren't properly located in Ohio but only within the imaginations of those who pretend their addresses are there.
Atleast Ohio got that White Castle.

This year I will finally get to try it. Only two hours away from the Burgh.

But ROFL at Akron, I totally remember that city in my youth. Toledo too.

Ohio is PA's left armpit.
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: orthonorm on February 06, 2013, 05:35:37 PM
But ROFL at Akron

It ain't for nothing that AA got its start proper there. Not that it has done much good, not even there. Look at where that row of suckage ranks in the US's Most Hungover Citites List:

Quote
25. Denver, Colo.
24. Portland, Ore.
23. El Paso, Texas
22. Philadelphia
21. Chicago
20. San Francisco
19. Austin, Texas
18. Columbus, Ohio
17. Boston, Mass.
16. Cincinnati
15. San Antonio
14. St. Louis
13. Providence, R.I.
12. Honolulu
11. Cleveland
10. Las Vegas
9. Springfield, Mass.
8. Worcester, Mass.
7. Toledo, Ohio
6. Akron, Ohio Sorry Dr. Bob . . .
5. Buffalo, N.Y.
4. Pittsburgh, Pa.
3. New Orleans
2. Milwaukee, Wis.
1. Omaha, Neb.

http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/news/state/cincinnati-ranked-in-list-of-the-25-most-hungover-cities-in-america#ixzz2K9oWMLHf

5 out of 25 with Akron leading . . .
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Shiny on February 06, 2013, 05:37:11 PM
Well is anyone really surpirsed that Omaha is ranked #1?
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: orthonorm on February 06, 2013, 05:55:57 PM
Well is anyone really surpirsed that Omaha is ranked #1?

Frankly after this weekend, I am surprised Bagdad, AR isn't.
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Fr.Aidan on February 06, 2013, 10:37:26 PM
I shee that... that... that... Aushtin izh on the lisht........ hic!
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Shiny on February 06, 2013, 10:53:30 PM
Well is anyone really surpirsed that Omaha is ranked #1?

Frankly after this weekend, I am surprised Bagdad, AR isn't.
With all the Mitsubishis out there, I guess you're right.
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: ialmisry on February 08, 2013, 02:22:55 AM
"The Second Edition of the 20-volume  Oxford English Dictionary contains full entries for 171,476 words in current use, and 47,156 obsolete words. To this may be added around 9,500 derivative words included as subentries."

-- Source (http://oxforddictionaries.com/words/how-many-words-are-there-in-the-english-language)

I guess that's as good an answer as any...? :)
Not good enough: Webster's Third New International Dictionary defines over 450,000 entries.
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Quinault on February 08, 2013, 03:14:28 AM
My result was 28,700 which isn't bad for someone with a 9th grade education :) But if I saw the words in context I am positive I would know what many of them mean.
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Asteriktos on February 08, 2013, 04:11:53 AM
"The Second Edition of the 20-volume  Oxford English Dictionary contains full entries for 171,476 words in current use, and 47,156 obsolete words. To this may be added around 9,500 derivative words included as subentries."

-- Source (http://oxforddictionaries.com/words/how-many-words-are-there-in-the-english-language)

I guess that's as good an answer as any...? :)
Not good enough: Webster's Third New International Dictionary defines over 450,000 entries.

I have a hard time respecting anything named Webster, sorry man.

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/1/16/Webster_Cast.jpg/200px-Webster_Cast.jpg)
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Arachne on February 08, 2013, 06:02:53 AM
"The Second Edition of the 20-volume  Oxford English Dictionary contains full entries for 171,476 words in current use, and 47,156 obsolete words. To this may be added around 9,500 derivative words included as subentries."

-- Source (http://oxforddictionaries.com/words/how-many-words-are-there-in-the-english-language)

I guess that's as good an answer as any...? :)
Not good enough: Webster's Third New International Dictionary defines over 450,000 entries.

I have a hard time respecting anything named Webster, sorry man.

The OED commands respect. :-)
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Irish Melkite on February 08, 2013, 06:55:00 AM
44,100
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Fr.Aidan on February 11, 2013, 02:38:29 AM
Aidanus wept.
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Ancilla Domini on May 08, 2013, 07:42:38 PM
36,700. Yaaay!  :laugh:
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Asteriktos on February 21, 2014, 12:23:59 PM
28,000. I am devastated. (somewhat serious)

After recently reading that Shakespeare had a vocabulary of about 30,000 thousand words I feel much better.  :P

Not that I think my 28,000 number is accurate (nor any of the other numbers given by the test). Of course, even if they were legit, that wouldn't really mean anything: it's not the size of the vocabulary, it's how you use it.
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Ionnis on February 21, 2014, 12:35:53 PM
With shame, I say 23,000 :(
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: xOrthodox4Christx on February 21, 2014, 01:28:10 PM
With shame, I say 23,000 :(

I'm with you brother. Probably need to read more fiction.
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Laird on February 21, 2014, 08:23:40 PM
I only got 18,200.  ???
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: truthseeker32 on February 21, 2014, 10:04:55 PM
30,200. That was pretty tough. A lot of GRE study words on there :) I was completely unaware that some of those words existed.
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Cyrillic on February 25, 2014, 06:04:26 AM
My vocabulary is somewhat bigger now: 28,800
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Ersaia on February 25, 2014, 09:46:01 AM

6,000 words

 ;D

Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Hinterlander on February 25, 2014, 01:14:28 PM
Only 27,700.

On a related note, David Bentley Hart has a vocabulary that leaves me stumbling through large swaths of whatever he writes.
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: truthseeker32 on February 25, 2014, 03:06:07 PM
Only 27,700.

On a related note, David Bentley Hart has a vocabulary that leaves me stumbling through large swaths of whatever he writes.
I am a fan of Hart, but I must admit I am sometimes annoyed by his pretentious use of words. On many occasions I have found myself wondering why he chose to use some relatively unknown word when one far more common would have sufficed.
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: orthonorm on February 25, 2014, 03:21:11 PM
Only 27,700.

On a related note, David Bentley Hart has a vocabulary that leaves me stumbling through large swaths of whatever he writes.
I am a fan of Hart, but I must admit I am sometimes annoyed by his pretentious use of words. On many occasions I have found myself wondering why he chose to use some relatively unknown word when one far more common would have sufficed.

I am not sure it is pretentious, but on the whole he is a terrible writer.
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: truthseeker32 on February 25, 2014, 04:25:30 PM
I am not sure it is pretentious, but on the whole he is a terrible writer.
Nah.
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: rgNick on March 10, 2014, 02:20:45 AM
4540! four thousand five hundred fourty!
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Musashi on September 02, 2015, 02:25:34 AM
6.8K in English
perhaps 35 K in Japanese
It's not too bad, isn't it?
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Maria on September 02, 2015, 03:53:46 AM
4540! four thousand five hundred fourty forty!

Fixed it for you (FIFY)
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: rgNick on September 02, 2015, 03:55:41 AM
4540! four thousand five hundred fourty forty!

Fixed it for you (FIFY)
Thank you!
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Maria on September 02, 2015, 04:06:57 AM
4540! four thousand five hundred fourty forty!

Fixed it for you (FIFY)
Thank you!

You are welcome!
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Cyrillic on September 02, 2015, 04:41:52 AM
35,200 words now. There is some improvement.
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: hecma925 on September 02, 2015, 05:08:15 AM
36500.
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: MalpanaGiwargis on September 02, 2015, 08:53:54 AM
38600
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Musashi on September 16, 2015, 04:29:56 AM
7,800 not bad for an Asian.
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Maria on September 16, 2015, 02:12:19 PM
7,800 not bad for an Asian.

Practice makes perfect, especially reading books in the areas that interest you.

If you can find translations of Orthodox Christian books into Japanese and English. First read the book in Japanese to get a basic idea, and then read it in English.  Translations are not word for word, but in reading the English translation, you will learn a lot of new words.

I got the Chronicles of Narnia which are translated into many languages.
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: rgNick on December 23, 2015, 03:25:43 PM
6,340
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Asteriktos on December 23, 2015, 05:36:58 PM
Don't worry, this is about as (in)accurate as those online IQ tests ;) 
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Ainnir on November 17, 2016, 10:39:13 PM
Native English speaker with a BA in English: 25,300.   :P
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Svartzorn on November 17, 2016, 11:37:50 PM
10.500.
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: RaphaCam on November 18, 2016, 10:22:11 AM
15,9 k, not bad
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Ainnir on November 18, 2016, 07:24:38 PM
Good job, guys!
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: rgNick on November 11, 2017, 12:32:35 PM
6910
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Alpha60 on March 03, 2018, 05:30:01 PM
"The Second Edition of the 20-volume  Oxford English Dictionary contains full entries for 171,476 words in current use, and 47,156 obsolete words. To this may be added around 9,500 derivative words included as subentries."

-- Source (http://oxforddictionaries.com/words/how-many-words-are-there-in-the-english-language)

I guess that's as good an answer as any...? :)
Not good enough: Webster's Third New International Dictionary defines over 450,000 entries.

I have a hard time respecting anything named Webster, sorry man.

The OED commands respect. :-)

I agree; thanks to Webster we get to enjoy center vs. centre, and other things.

I scored a pitiful 38,700; to my chagrin the final column bombarded me with archaic vernacular which is concurrrently obscure and outside of (dare I say, beneath) my preferred conversational register.

This wounds me, for I take pleasure in exploiting my exhaustive vocabulary for exclusionary purposes, so that for those outside of my acquaintances who are able to suffer this admittedly abhorrent behavior on my part my words are obfuscated ; as a form of encryption, if you will.  I do not reccommend this practice as many quite rightly will find you insufferable; it is a potentially deadly vice for which I have on occasion paid deservedly a steep bill.

Yet it is like most vices seductive and difficult to extricate oneself, as demonstrated by this post.
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: BrotherInChrist on May 01, 2018, 03:17:15 PM
I got 22,400. http://testyourvocab.com/result?user=10001795

I'd know more words, but I prefer English over pseudo-Latin.  ;)
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: RaphaCam on May 01, 2018, 10:58:44 PM
I agree; thanks to Webster we get to enjoy center vs. centre, and other things.

I scored a pitiful 38,700; to my chagrin the final column bombarded me with archaic vernacular which is concurrrently obscure and outside of (dare I say, beneath) my preferred conversational register.

This wounds me, for I take pleasure in exploiting my exhaustive vocabulary for exclusionary purposes, so that for those outside of my acquaintances who are able to suffer this admittedly abhorrent behavior on my part my words are obfuscated ; as a form of encryption, if you will.  I do not reccommend this practice as many quite rightly will find you insufferable; it is a potentially deadly vice for which I have on occasion paid deservedly a steep bill.

Yet it is like most vices seductive and difficult to extricate oneself, as demonstrated by this post.
I think I mentioned this before, but most of your weird words exist in my native language, so it's not that obscure. You should get more weird Germanic vocabulary such as threap or stalwart. Read The Anglish Moot and you'll be fine.
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Tallitot on May 01, 2018, 11:33:06 PM
44100
http://testyourvocab.com/result?user=10002709
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: ialmisry on May 18, 2018, 11:08:37 AM
"The Second Edition of the 20-volume  Oxford English Dictionary contains full entries for 171,476 words in current use, and 47,156 obsolete words. To this may be added around 9,500 derivative words included as subentries."

-- Source (http://oxforddictionaries.com/words/how-many-words-are-there-in-the-english-language)

I guess that's as good an answer as any...? :)
Not good enough: Webster's Third New International Dictionary defines over 450,000 entries.

I have a hard time respecting anything named Webster, sorry man.

The OED commands respect. :-)
Not after its flirtation with communism.
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Alpha60 on May 20, 2018, 04:17:27 PM
I agree; thanks to Webster we get to enjoy center vs. centre, and other things.

I scored a pitiful 38,700; to my chagrin the final column bombarded me with archaic vernacular which is concurrrently obscure and outside of (dare I say, beneath) my preferred conversational register.

This wounds me, for I take pleasure in exploiting my exhaustive vocabulary for exclusionary purposes, so that for those outside of my acquaintances who are able to suffer this admittedly abhorrent behavior on my part my words are obfuscated ; as a form of encryption, if you will.  I do not reccommend this practice as many quite rightly will find you insufferable; it is a potentially deadly vice for which I have on occasion paid deservedly a steep bill.

Yet it is like most vices seductive and difficult to extricate oneself, as demonstrated by this post.
I think I mentioned this before, but most of your weird words exist in my native language, so it's not that obscure. You should get more weird Germanic vocabulary such as threap or stalwart. Read The Anglish Moot and you'll be fine.

Amusingly, stalwart is a word I employ frequently, usually as an adjective rather than a noun.
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Opus118 on May 21, 2018, 12:59:23 AM
"The Second Edition of the 20-volume  Oxford English Dictionary contains full entries for 171,476 words in current use, and 47,156 obsolete words. To this may be added around 9,500 derivative words included as subentries."

-- Source (http://oxforddictionaries.com/words/how-many-words-are-there-in-the-english-language)

I guess that's as good an answer as any...? :)
Not good enough: Webster's Third New International Dictionary defines over 450,000 entries.

I have a hard time respecting anything named Webster, sorry man.

The OED commands respect. :-)
Not after its flirtation with communism.
I have examined her carefully for years with the provided magnifying glass and did not notice. What did you see under her bindings that I didn't see? Perhaps this is too intimate a question.

Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: ialmisry on May 22, 2018, 11:27:02 AM
"The Second Edition of the 20-volume  Oxford English Dictionary contains full entries for 171,476 words in current use, and 47,156 obsolete words. To this may be added around 9,500 derivative words included as subentries."

-- Source (http://oxforddictionaries.com/words/how-many-words-are-there-in-the-english-language)

I guess that's as good an answer as any...? :)
Not good enough: Webster's Third New International Dictionary defines over 450,000 entries.

I have a hard time respecting anything named Webster, sorry man.

The OED commands respect. :-)
Not after its flirtation with communism.
I have examined her carefully for years with the provided magnifying glass and did not notice. What did you see under her bindings that I didn't see? Perhaps this is too intimate a question.
only for the OED. This came up before:
Maybe you saw something, and maybe you misremember it, but in any case, it isn't out there now. A supposed alteration to one of the defining (so to speak  ;) ) reference works of our time, and there's no trace of it now: you're just a guy on a forum making yet another outlandish claim, with nothing to back it up but your own word, and given your complete lack of any inclination to put some substance behind it, nobody should believe your claim. Really, they ought to believe that it's untrue.

I'm uninterested in your claims of Orthodox exceptionalism and your snide comeback about my church. Overlapping jurisdictions, when it comes to that, have been an aberration in Anglicanism for a matter of a couple of years, not decade after decade as has been the case in Orthodoxy. In that wise, you stand in a glass house, stone in hand.
I knew one day I'd come across something on the Soviets being allowed to change the definitions of the OED, and so I have:
http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=3aFlAAAAIBAJ&sjid=uYwNAAAAIBAJ&pg=1152,3429441&dq=marxism+main+laws+of+development+of+nature+and+society&hl=en
http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1821&dat=19850409&id=zUstAAAAIBAJ&sjid=mp0FAAAAIBAJ&pg=3477,5210427
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When is propaganda simply information and capitalism a system "based on the exploitation of man by man?"  Answer: When Soviet editors redefine words in two products by the guardians of the English language-the publishers of the Oxford English Dictionary....."I suppose those justifying what we've done here would say, 'well, we've aligned, at Russian request, these words to the usage of that country.'  I think that we should have said in the dictionary something to the effect that, 'in Marxist doctrine, Capitalism means such and such, or Socialism means such and such," and not done it quite so badly," said Richardson
Marxism, in "this edition...the OUP (Oxford University Press) sanctions...for sale only in the U.S.S.R." (so stating in English and Russian in each copy ""clearly marked 'special edition for the U.S.S.R.'"), means "teaching on the main laws of development of nature and society," opposed to the OED outside of the Soviet Union defining Marxism as pertaining to, or characteristic of...the doctrines of Karl Marx."
The date, April 9, 1985, matches how I recollected the report I read (no, it wasn't this one, but the facts are similar as I remembered them). It also explains the dearth of information on: it predates the net, and came very close to the fall of the Soviet Union, when such things were no longer in demand, one should think.
A nice little blurb on this redefinition for propaganda (and not in the sense of "simple information") purposes can be found now here:
Symposium on Lexicography XI: Proceedings of the Eleventh International Symposium on Lexiconography "Ideology in Dictionaries: Definitions of Political Terms" by Andrejs Veisbergs:
Quote
This affected also special editions of Western dictionaries published in the USSR. Many political entries in the Soviet edition of Homby's learner's dictionary (Oxford 1982) were rewritten.
edited by Henrik Gottlieb, Jens Erik Mogensen, Arne Zetterste
http://books.google.com/books?id=wDnr0pKRQvEC&pg=PA542&dq=Marxism+%22teaching+on+the+main+laws+of+development+of+nature+and+society%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=J9PIULHVG8Ga2AW5-oCwBQ&ved=0CDYQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=Marxism%20%22teaching%20on%20the%20main%20laws%20of%20development%20of%20nature%20and%20society%22&f=false
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Opus118 on May 24, 2018, 11:20:55 AM
"The Second Edition of the 20-volume  Oxford English Dictionary contains full entries for 171,476 words in current use, and 47,156 obsolete words. To this may be added around 9,500 derivative words included as subentries."

-- Source (http://oxforddictionaries.com/words/how-many-words-are-there-in-the-english-language)

I guess that's as good an answer as any...? :)
Not good enough: Webster's Third New International Dictionary defines over 450,000 entries.

I have a hard time respecting anything named Webster, sorry man.

The OED commands respect. :-)
Not after its flirtation with communism.
I have examined her carefully for years with the provided magnifying glass and did not notice. What did you see under her bindings that I didn't see? Perhaps this is too intimate a question.
only for the OED. This came up before:
Maybe you saw something, and maybe you misremember it, but in any case, it isn't out there now. A supposed alteration to one of the defining (so to speak  ;) ) reference works of our time, and there's no trace of it now: you're just a guy on a forum making yet another outlandish claim, with nothing to back it up but your own word, and given your complete lack of any inclination to put some substance behind it, nobody should believe your claim. Really, they ought to believe that it's untrue.

I'm uninterested in your claims of Orthodox exceptionalism and your snide comeback about my church. Overlapping jurisdictions, when it comes to that, have been an aberration in Anglicanism for a matter of a couple of years, not decade after decade as has been the case in Orthodoxy. In that wise, you stand in a glass house, stone in hand.
I knew one day I'd come across something on the Soviets being allowed to change the definitions of the OED, and so I have:
http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=3aFlAAAAIBAJ&sjid=uYwNAAAAIBAJ&pg=1152,3429441&dq=marxism+main+laws+of+development+of+nature+and+society&hl=en (http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=3aFlAAAAIBAJ&sjid=uYwNAAAAIBAJ&pg=1152,3429441&dq=marxism+main+laws+of+development+of+nature+and+society&hl=en)
http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1821&dat=19850409&id=zUstAAAAIBAJ&sjid=mp0FAAAAIBAJ&pg=3477,5210427 (http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1821&dat=19850409&id=zUstAAAAIBAJ&sjid=mp0FAAAAIBAJ&pg=3477,5210427)
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When is propaganda simply information and capitalism a system "based on the exploitation of man by man?"  Answer: When Soviet editors redefine words in two products by the guardians of the English language-the publishers of the Oxford English Dictionary....."I suppose those justifying what we've done here would say, 'well, we've aligned, at Russian request, these words to the usage of that country.'  I think that we should have said in the dictionary something to the effect that, 'in Marxist doctrine, Capitalism means such and such, or Socialism means such and such," and not done it quite so badly," said Richardson
Marxism, in "this edition...the OUP (Oxford University Press) sanctions...for sale only in the U.S.S.R." (so stating in English and Russian in each copy ""clearly marked 'special edition for the U.S.S.R.'"), means "teaching on the main laws of development of nature and society," opposed to the OED outside of the Soviet Union defining Marxism as pertaining to, or characteristic of...the doctrines of Karl Marx."
The date, April 9, 1985, matches how I recollected the report I read (no, it wasn't this one, but the facts are similar as I remembered them). It also explains the dearth of information on: it predates the net, and came very close to the fall of the Soviet Union, when such things were no longer in demand, one should think.
A nice little blurb on this redefinition for propaganda (and not in the sense of "simple information") purposes can be found now here:
Symposium on Lexicography XI: Proceedings of the Eleventh International Symposium on Lexiconography "Ideology in Dictionaries: Definitions of Political Terms" by Andrejs Veisbergs:
Quote
This affected also special editions of Western dictionaries published in the USSR. Many political entries in the Soviet edition of Homby's learner's dictionary (Oxford 1982) were rewritten.
edited by Henrik Gottlieb, Jens Erik Mogensen, Arne Zetterste
http://books.google.com/books?id=wDnr0pKRQvEC&pg=PA542&dq=Marxism+%22teaching+on+the+main+laws+of+development+of+nature+and+society%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=J9PIULHVG8Ga2AW5-oCwBQ&ved=0CDYQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=Marxism%20%22teaching%20on%20the%20main%20laws%20of%20development%20of%20nature%20and%20society%22&f=false (http://books.google.com/books?id=wDnr0pKRQvEC&pg=PA542&dq=Marxism+%22teaching+on+the+main+laws+of+development+of+nature+and+society%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=J9PIULHVG8Ga2AW5-oCwBQ&ved=0CDYQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=Marxism%20%22teaching%20on%20the%20main%20laws%20of%20development%20of%20nature%20and%20society%22&f=false)
Thanks Isa. I think the reason this did not get much attention in the news was because OED itself that was not altered, but an English learner dictionary. It is nevertheless disturbing that OUP sanctioned misinformation in their dictionary.
Title: Re: How big is your vocabulary?
Post by: Tzimis on May 24, 2018, 03:07:54 PM
I should have been blessed with a ghost writer instead of a guardian angel.  10800