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15 September 2016

How many words do you know?

How many words do you know? It’s really quite difficult to estimate the size of the vocabulary of adults with any accuracy, but recently a team of European researchers has been using a simple test shared on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook to unlock this mystery. Their results indicate that the average twenty-year-old native English speaking American knows some 42,000 different words. By learning approximately one new word every two days they are believed to add 6000 more words to their vocabulary by the time they turn 60.

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