Words beyond measure.


I stayed overnight in the city yesterday so this morning I picked up a copy of USA Today outside my door as I was leaving. Not a paper I usually read but since there’s a fair chance that before long it will be our only newspaper, I guess I should get in the habit.

They have a little feature on the bottom of the front page called USA TODAY Snapshots which caught my eye, apparently a daily monitor statistical data. This one was titled…

How Many Words Are There?

Working from the bottom of their five-language list: Russian – 195,000 words; Spanish – 225,000+ words; Japanese – 232,000 words; Chinese (various dialects) – 500,000+ words, and…

English – 999,985 words, a mere 15 four-letter epithets  short of a flat 1 million.

Considering that I  run into more and more people every day—you know who you are—who apparently know maybe a couple of hundred words at best, a goodly portion of those consisting of four-letter epithets, I have to figure somebody out there is hoarding a lot more than his fair share.

And, you know, if we could get my pal Carl P’s “confusered” officially recognized, we’d only be four short of that million mark.


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One Reply to “Words beyond measure.”

  1. FWIW, Confuser, confuseration and confusering are already listed in the Urban Dictionary. Confusered does come up in google searches so eventually, I expect to be recognized for the word. Fame and fortune are sure to follow after that.

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