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Old 12-07-2012, 07:26 PM   #4186
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Isn't it a personal definition that cannot be defined by a dictionary?
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Old 12-07-2012, 07:29 PM   #4187
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If it can't be defined by a dictionary, then by what shall we define it? Aren't all the words in the dictionary?
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Old 12-07-2012, 08:13 PM   #4188
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How can it be proved that ALL the words are in the dictionary?
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Old 12-07-2012, 10:22 PM   #4189
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Do we need to prove it? Have you come across a word that is not in a dictionary?
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Old 12-07-2012, 10:50 PM   #4190
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But can not the inflection of a word change its meaning?
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Old 12-08-2012, 12:28 AM   #4191
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Due to the nature of language, how could a static dictionary contain every word of a language?
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Old 12-08-2012, 06:29 AM   #4192
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Aren't new words being invented and therefore added to the dictionary every year?
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Old 12-08-2012, 10:34 AM   #4193
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New words are added every year, old words are updated, inflections are examined and debated; however, has this abundance given us clarity and understanding or simply expanded our ability to split hairs?


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From oxforddictionaires.com:

How many words are there in the English language?

There is no single sensible answer to this question. It's impossible to count the number of words in a language, because it's so hard to decide what actually counts as a word. Is dog one word, or two (a noun meaning 'a kind of animal', and a verb meaning 'to follow persistently')? If we count it as two, then do we count inflections separately too (e.g. dogs = plural noun, dogs = present tense of the verb). Is dog-tired a word, or just two other words joined together? Is hot dog really two words, since it might also be written as hot-dog or even hotdog?

It's also difficult to decide what counts as 'English'. What about medical and scientific terms? Latin words used in law, French words used in cooking, German words used in academic writing, Japanese words used in martial arts? Do you count Scots dialect? Teenage slang? Abbreviations?

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. Over half of these words are nouns, about a quarter adjectives, and about a seventh verbs; the rest is made up of exclamations, conjunctions, prepositions, suffixes, etc. And these figures don't take account of entries with senses for different word classes (such as noun and adjective).

This suggests that there are, at the very least, a quarter of a million distinct English words, excluding inflections, and words from technical and regional vocabulary not covered by the OED, or words not yet added to the published dictionary, of which perhaps 20 per cent are no longer in current use. If distinct senses were counted, the total would probably approach three quarters of a million.
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Old 12-09-2012, 01:14 AM   #4194
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So, a complete and all-inclusive dictionary is an impossibility?
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Old 12-10-2012, 07:11 AM   #4195
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:52 AM   #4196
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Old 12-10-2012, 09:26 AM   #4197
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Old 12-10-2012, 09:35 AM   #4198
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Old 12-10-2012, 11:49 AM   #4199
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Old 12-10-2012, 02:20 PM   #4200
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