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How many words are there in the English language?

  1. Myn Is Me profile image70
    Myn Is Meposted 6 years ago

    How many words are there in the English language?


  2. Docmo profile image92
    Docmoposted 6 years ago

    There are over 1.5 million words in English Language . It expands daily as English adapts,borrows, steals, expands and assimilates. However, the average adult vocabulary could be 20000 or less. A lot of the words Are highly technical and may not be used commonly.

    The NYTimes only uses around 1200 words in general and this is enough to get by! Learning new words hits a plateau around mid twenties unless one reads, writes, or develops a profession with a brand new technical vocabulary.

    I love learning new words and enjoy writing about them, 'every word has a story! ' ( that's what those hubs are called) . Hubpages are rich with new words and terms as a melting pot of writers ply their craft.

  3. clairemy profile image76
    clairemyposted 6 years ago

    Its almost impossible to tell because some words may have more than one meaning and because new words are added constantly, however the estimate is around 1,200,00 and counting.

  4. Bits-n-Pieces profile image80
    Bits-n-Piecesposted 6 years ago

    The most complete English dictionary ever compiled in print, the New English Dictionary, deals with 414,825 words. A considerable number of the words in this dictionary are, however, never or seldom used nowadays.