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« on: November 24, 2012, 01:31:27 PM »

Take the test 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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« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2012, 01:48:19 PM »

I'm to embarrassed.
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« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2012, 01:57:04 PM »

I'm to embarrassed.

No need to be ashamed  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2012, 01:58:35 PM »

I'm to embarrassed.

No need to be ashamed  Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2012, 02:06:20 PM »


"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.
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« Reply #5 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!
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« Reply #6 on: November 24, 2012, 02:36:32 PM »

28,000. I am devastated. (somewhat serious)
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« Reply #7 on: November 24, 2012, 03:49:37 PM »

26 100 words
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« Reply #8 on: November 24, 2012, 04:15:34 PM »

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« Reply #9 on: November 24, 2012, 04:18:40 PM »

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« Reply #10 on: November 24, 2012, 04:19:53 PM »

Oh wow, everyone. I am impressed.
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« Reply #11 on: November 24, 2012, 04:43:09 PM »

43,700

Maybe because I'm older so I'm just had more time to read.  Wink
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« Reply #12 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! Angry Cheesy

Thanks for sharing this fun test, Cyrillic.
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« Reply #13 on: November 24, 2012, 06:15:54 PM »

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« Reply #14 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.

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« Reply #15 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!

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Maybe because I'm older so I'm just had more time to read.  Wink
More time to read the dictionary!
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« Reply #16 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.
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« Reply #17 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.

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« Reply #18 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?
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« Reply #19 on: November 24, 2012, 08:29:58 PM »

It's not the size of your vocabulary that matters, but how well you use it.
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« Reply #20 on: November 24, 2012, 09:10:50 PM »

29,800 and English is my second language.
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« Reply #21 on: November 24, 2012, 09:46:49 PM »

25,000. That test owned me. A Dutch guy almost beat me!
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« Reply #22 on: November 24, 2012, 09:58:02 PM »

27,100 words
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« Reply #23 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...
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« Reply #24 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.  Wink
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

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« Reply #25 on: November 24, 2012, 11:22:47 PM »

Upon retaking the test (more carefully this time), my result was 19,100 words.
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« Reply #26 on: November 24, 2012, 11:23:37 PM »

Woops. Did not see what forum section this was in.
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« Reply #27 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.
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« Reply #28 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.  Wink
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

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I like home encyclopedia's, the Professor and I had a nice little chat about them a few months ago.
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« Reply #29 on: November 25, 2012, 12:24:26 AM »

37,500 words

http://testyourvocab.com/?r=2191869
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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.  Wink
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

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« Reply #31 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.
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« Reply #32 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.
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« Reply #33 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!  Smiley

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.
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« Reply #34 on: November 25, 2012, 09:55:51 AM »

I think the sole purpose with this test is to lower my self esteem.
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« Reply #35 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...)
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« Reply #36 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?
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« Reply #37 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.
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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.
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« Reply #39 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.
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« Reply #40 on: December 26, 2012, 01:36:11 AM »

43,700

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

Me too, but not as good as you: that must be close to the maximum.
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« Reply #41 on: December 26, 2012, 12:43:16 PM »

20,900
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« Reply #42 on: January 31, 2013, 04:19:04 PM »

28,000. I am devastated. (somewhat serious)

Took it again. 30,800. Still devastated.
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« Reply #43 on: January 31, 2013, 04:54:08 PM »

30,300
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« Reply #44 on: January 31, 2013, 04:55:10 PM »

24800 now.
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« Reply #45 on: January 31, 2013, 05:53:57 PM »

38,500.
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« Reply #46 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
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« Reply #47 on: February 03, 2013, 04:20:42 PM »

I lost interest before I could finish the test. Sad
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« Reply #48 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?  Wink

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« Reply #49 on: February 05, 2013, 07:09:36 AM »

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« Reply #50 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.  Embarrassed
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« Reply #51 on: February 05, 2013, 08:58:06 AM »

How many words are in the dictionary? 
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« Reply #52 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."

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I guess that's as good an answer as any...? Smiley
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« Reply #53 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?  Wink

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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.
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« Reply #54 on: February 05, 2013, 01:56:44 PM »

42,900... beat my brother
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« Reply #55 on: February 05, 2013, 06:41:40 PM »

Now I really feel subintellectual. But happy for you and the other people smarter than me.  Smiley

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« Reply #56 on: February 05, 2013, 08:37:49 PM »

I'm to embarrassed.

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Unless there is some humor intended here Wink
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« Reply #57 on: February 06, 2013, 10:14:04 AM »

17,200 words
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« Reply #58 on: February 06, 2013, 04:39:27 PM »

Now I really feel subintellectual. But happy for you and the other people smarter than me.  Smiley

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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.
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« Reply #59 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.
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« Reply #60 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.
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« Reply #61 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?
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« Reply #62 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.
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« Reply #63 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.
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« Reply #64 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:

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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.

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5 out of 25 with Akron leading . . .
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« Reply #65 on: February 06, 2013, 05:37:11 PM »

Well is anyone really surpirsed that Omaha is ranked #1?
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« Reply #66 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.
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« Reply #67 on: February 06, 2013, 10:37:26 PM »

I shee that... that... that... Aushtin izh on the lisht........ hic!
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« Reply #68 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.
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« Reply #69 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."

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« Reply #70 on: February 08, 2013, 03:14:28 AM »

My result was 28,700 which isn't bad for someone with a 9th grade education Smiley But if I saw the words in context I am positive I would know what many of them mean.
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« Reply #71 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."

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

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« Reply #72 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."

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The OED commands respect. :-)
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« Reply #73 on: February 08, 2013, 06:55:00 AM »

44,100
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« Reply #74 on: February 11, 2013, 02:38:29 AM »

Aidanus wept.
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« Reply #75 on: May 08, 2013, 07:42:38 PM »

36,700. Yaaay!  laugh
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« Reply #76 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.  Tongue

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.
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« Reply #77 on: February 21, 2014, 12:35:53 PM »

With shame, I say 23,000 Sad
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« Reply #78 on: February 21, 2014, 01:28:10 PM »

With shame, I say 23,000 Sad

I'm with you brother. Probably need to read more fiction.
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« Reply #79 on: February 21, 2014, 08:23:40 PM »

I only got 18,200.  Huh
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« Reply #80 on: February 21, 2014, 10:04:55 PM »

30,200. That was pretty tough. A lot of GRE study words on there Smiley I was completely unaware that some of those words existed.
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« Reply #81 on: February 25, 2014, 06:04:26 AM »

My vocabulary is somewhat bigger now: 28,800
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« Reply #82 on: February 25, 2014, 09:46:01 AM »


6,000 words

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« Reply #83 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.
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« Reply #84 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.
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« Reply #85 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.
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« Reply #86 on: February 25, 2014, 04:25:30 PM »

I am not sure it is pretentious, but on the whole he is a terrible writer.
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« Reply #87 on: March 10, 2014, 02:20:45 AM »

4540! four thousand five hundred fourty!
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