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Old 08-10-2011, 11:44 AM   #1
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How's your vocabulary?

Here's a splendid site: http://testyourvocab.com/

Just indicate the words for which you can give a definition, and it'll estimate (+/- 10%) how big your English vocabulary is.

The first page is to get a very rough estimate of your vocabulary, the second page is specific to you, and allows the site to get a really good estimate.

My vocabulary is around 36,000 words, according to the site.

They have some nice data on vocabulary growth with age.
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Old 08-10-2011, 12:00 PM   #2
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Nice site - thanks.

My vocabulary is 35,400 apparently. Pretty sure some of those words were made up though!
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Old 08-10-2011, 12:28 PM   #3
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Old 08-10-2011, 12:33 PM   #4
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Read more, and use the built-in dictionary.

Actually, vocabulary size is closely related to age. According to the preliminary results at the site, vocabulary increases at about four words a day from age 3 to 16, and then starts to slow, and as adults is more like one word a day.

And from 50 onwards, seems to almost stop. Hmm.. I think I'll have to take my own advice.

Word for today: uxoricide. (It was new to me!)
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Old 08-10-2011, 12:40 PM   #5
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But a few were in French and maybe two in Italian.
It might have helped having been married to an American for 14 years, plus one American fiancée and a girlfriend with whom I had to converse in English. Correct it, make it two. I was forgetting the German one. She used to call me Spatzi. Very tender. A 220 lb little sparrow.

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Old 08-10-2011, 12:43 PM   #6
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Read more, and use the built-in dictionary.

Actually, vocabulary size is closely related to age. According to the preliminary results at the site, vocabulary increases at about four words a day from age 3 to 16, and then starts to slow, and as adults is more like one word a day.

And from 50 onwards, seems to almost stop. Hmm.. I think I'll have to take my own advice.

Word for today: uxoricide. (It was new to me!)
Good for you. I contemplated it a few times until they introduced divorce in Italy. Not true. It is just a blague
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My score was 35,800, but then I'm old and my brain cells are not renewing as they should. I think that the advantage given by age thing must be true only up to a certain point. Probably close to the time at which your daughter follows you around checking for damp cushions.
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Old 08-10-2011, 01:47 PM   #8
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Hey, tres cool site - thanks for posting! Hit 39,500 FWIW....
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Old 08-10-2011, 01:53 PM   #9
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36,000 and i saw a few legal terms in my second page list.
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Old 08-10-2011, 02:15 PM   #10
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Alas, 36,700. I should have taken a second year of french, and maybe some latin.
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Old 08-10-2011, 02:29 PM   #11
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Old 08-10-2011, 02:35 PM   #12
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That was a really fun test. Thanks for posting this!
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41,800 words.

Did everyone else look up those words with which they were unfamiliar?

That was fun, thanks for calling this to our attention!

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27,600 -- I must not be reading the same books as the rest of you!
Me too. 24,100...I gotta do something about this number
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Old 08-10-2011, 03:40 PM   #15
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42,000.

That was a really fun test. Thanks for posting this!
Wow, that's an impressively large vocabulary. Especially considering that their scoring only goes up to 45,000!

(Read their pages about the test — it's interesting stuff.)
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