Monday, June 29, 2009

The one-millionth word

Global Language Monitor, an American organization that follows language trends, accurately predicted that English would reach its 1,000,000-word mark this month.

On June 10th, Web 2.0 was crowned the one-millionth English word. Welcome to the language.

English has more words than French, German, and Russian combined. But does it really need a million terms?

The average American knows about 20,000 words and uses roughly 7,000 of them a day. Even Shakespeare, who invented some 1,700 terms, only knew about 60,000. I'll bet he always had to have the last word.

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