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Offline Ryuka Tana

Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #100 on: January 15, 2013, 03:09:51 PM »
"Yeah, there are a lot of factors. People who aren't good at this, probably cheat or just don't take it at all. However, on a site like this, it's not surprising there are a lot of verbose mother fuckers. The nature of play-by-post style role-playing makes it kind of a necessity. Beyond that, practice does make perfect. Lilias is right, if you have the basics of English down, you'll probably learn far more in a few months here than you might in a year or two in a classroom."

Offline TheHatintheCat

Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #101 on: January 15, 2013, 04:12:52 PM »
27,500!  And I'm okay with that.

Offline meilimiao

Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #102 on: January 15, 2013, 08:49:06 PM »
Can I say that towards the fourth column on the second page I started to feel very stupid!  ::)

I'm glad I wasn't the only one.  >_>

Your total vocabulary size is estimated to be:
22,200
words


Hmph.  Not bad for a non-native English speaker, I suppose :>

~Meili

Offline ambrosial

Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #103 on: January 15, 2013, 09:38:31 PM »
"Your total vocabulary size is estimated to be: 38,800 words."

I think it's the lit degree and obsessive reading. I read Dickens when I was about 8 because I'm a freak like that. >.>

(I absolutely suck at math and hard sciences, though, so it evens out.  :P)

Offline meilimiao

Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #104 on: January 15, 2013, 09:46:51 PM »
"Your total vocabulary size is estimated to be: 38,800 words."

I think it's the lit degree and obsessive reading. I read Dickens when I was about 8 because I'm a freak like that. >.>

(I absolutely suck at math and hard sciences, though, so it evens out.  :P)

Yum, a bibliophile :>

Offline Cthonig

Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #105 on: January 15, 2013, 11:06:47 PM »
   It's nice to know I'm not the only one who played Vampire and looked up clan names and such to find out if they were real words (caitiff - in the test). Also nice to know I'm not the only person to read a dictionary recreationally.
   Although it seems like I might have been the only one to copy the words I didn't know or wasn't sure of into MSWord to check for meanings after the test. I was embarrassed and annoyed that I couldn't remember some words meanings – I used to know them. There was a word I didn't know and had not seen before so I didn't check it off but I did correctly guess the meaning – I was very surprised when I verified the meaning afterwards.
   What is amusing is that MSWord doesn't know some of those second page fourth column words either.

Your total vocabulary size is estimated to be: 39,600 words

Offline Sahariel

Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #106 on: January 16, 2013, 12:23:46 AM »
29,800 Words. Where is my Thesaurus?

Offline Chris Brady

Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #107 on: January 16, 2013, 04:06:40 AM »
I've noticed something, a lot of the E ladies have a higher word count than us guys on average.  Very interesting.

And humbling, I admit.

Offline Ryuka Tana

Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #108 on: January 16, 2013, 04:25:25 AM »
"That doesn't surprise me a bit. My observation is, ignoring whatever tendency for men or women to be smarter (I don't know that there is one), women (or at least effeminate individuals) seem to be more prone to description, while men (or masculine individuals) seem more prone to be blunt or straightforward. It may be causation (testosterone/estrogen makes people more likely to act one way or another) or correlation (we expect certain things of men and women, as a whole, so it creates a tendency for even non-male masculine or non-female feminine individuals to act a certain way)."

"However, remember that this is also not an accurate sampling of people as a whole, this is E. That means certain men and women are attracted to this place, so that skews the results as well. Of course, the results are even more skewed, as I noted before, by the types of people willing to perform the test (not to mention cheat), or even notice this section of the website."

"Anyway, altogether, I've noticed a definite tendency for females on this site to have dressed up signatures and O/O pages, and less so for males. Thus, the seemingly more 'artistic' (or whatever word you'd like to use) feminine individuals are more likely to be more expressive, which is very important to note. A large vocabulary doesn't necessarily indicate a 'smarter' individual (as many people would like to think, not necessarily anyone here, but still), it denotes someone more interested in expressing themselves. Of course, it might also denote an individual more likely to read flowery prose."

"I realize that's very stream-of-consciouness-y (that's usually how I write these sorts of things), but it's all bits of information to consider when looking at something like this."

Offline Barding

Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #109 on: January 16, 2013, 04:54:19 AM »
"Your vocabulary size is estimated to be: 38,400 words"

Not too shabby, but, like Ambrosial, I blame the literature degree and book-devouring tendencies.

My downfall's also similar...I can hardly count beyond my age at any given time.

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Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #110 on: January 16, 2013, 07:28:45 AM »
I've noticed something, a lot of the E ladies have a higher word count than us guys on average.  Very interesting.

And humbling, I admit.

I don't know about the younger ladies, but when I was in school there was a stronger 'push' to pigeonhole women into the language arts and men into the sciences.  (I bucked the curve, and ended up with some very attentive math professors in college - there were some classes that barely made the minimum size.)  These days they're trying to rebalance that, with things like the STEM program.

Offline ambrosial

Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #111 on: January 16, 2013, 09:38:07 AM »
Yum, a bibliophile :>
Ambrosial fully endorses tasty reading. ;)

I don't know about the younger ladies, but when I was in school there was a stronger 'push' to pigeonhole women into the language arts and men into the sciences.  (I bucked the curve, and ended up with some very attentive math professors in college - there were some classes that barely made the minimum size.)  These days they're trying to rebalance that, with things like the STEM program.
My own experiences were the opposite. Everyone in my educational experience tried to steer girls to engineering, math, etc (most of my female friends ended up going into biochemical or nuclear engineering). But I just hated all of those subjects. I could be good at them, when I studied, but that sort of thinking was so against my nature.

Now I'm a practicing archivist with a Information and Library Science degree - a humanities hybrid?

Anyway. Done derailing the thread now.

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Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #112 on: January 16, 2013, 09:53:21 AM »
*peeks*

Like I said - the younger ladies may have a different experience.  ;)

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Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #113 on: January 16, 2013, 04:21:33 PM »
Your total vocabulary size is estimated to be:  35,100 words.

Not bad for a second, might as well be first, language.  Hahah nice moral boost, I'll try to remember this next time I hit writer's block.

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Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #114 on: January 16, 2013, 05:42:37 PM »
bleh, I thought I was proficient in the English language... 26,500... I hear it is good for a second language, but still...

Offline Tharic

Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #115 on: January 17, 2013, 11:12:18 AM »
Your total vocabulary size is estimated to be: 25,300 words.



Offline mj2002

Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #116 on: January 19, 2013, 12:53:26 AM »
For someone who speaks it as a second language, it's masterful! By way of comparison, the average native English speaker tops out at 10,000.

Elliquiy just happens to be rife with bookworms, I think.

I scored consistent 9 out of 10s on my university English course though. I guess I just expected a bit more. Time to start reading dictionaries and Jane Austen books I guess.

Offline Callie Del Noire

Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #117 on: January 19, 2013, 07:49:42 AM »
33,400. 

That last column was HARD.

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Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #118 on: January 20, 2013, 09:50:27 AM »
Am I the only one that did it in rows, not columns? 

I think that had I done it in columns I would not have scored as highly, as my memory deteriorates when I am put under stress.  The fact that I was two thirds of the way down the page before I noticed that every fourth word was harder than the others means I was much less stressed looking at those words than had I thought to do it in columns and so I remembered the meanings easier.

Offline LiliasTopic starter

Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #119 on: January 20, 2013, 10:57:09 AM »
Am I the only one that did it in rows, not columns? 

I'm much more likely to skip rows than columns, especially when there are as many as that, so I try to go vertically whenever it's an option.

Offline The Unholy Potato

Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #120 on: January 20, 2013, 04:52:11 PM »
Well, this was much more enlightening and relevant to my interests than the sort of link I'd expect, given the thread name. Still, it was quite a good deal of fun. I hit 35,800 words, which I consider to be reasonable, given that I think I'm near the younger end of the Elliquiy populace (though, of course, that's basically just conjecture).

I'll probably double back and take another look at it, as I did go through it relatively quickly. I think I didn't miss-mark anything, though.

Offline Miriam‪

Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #121 on: January 23, 2013, 01:13:28 PM »
24,600

Some words in that test just don't exist! It wasn't fair! But hey, it's not too bad for a non-native huh?

Offline Caehlim

Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #122 on: January 23, 2013, 03:50:52 PM »
"Wow, this is so easy, how can this be a test... let's move onto the last column and... oh."

38,200 apparently.

Offline Caehlim

Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #123 on: January 23, 2013, 04:06:28 PM »
You know how some people get on Wikipedia and follow hyperlinks for hours?  I was doing that in grade school.  With real encyclopedias.  By the time dinner rolled around, I'd have half the set spread out on the family room floor.

I've been there.

According to my parents, in primary school my brother was once given a homework assignment to count the numbers of certain objects in their house. Doors, windows, etc... and books.

My parents had to include a note apologizing for not getting the assignment complete because we had lost count somewhere around 3,000.

Offline LiliasTopic starter

Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #124 on: January 23, 2013, 04:11:51 PM »
I'd never manage to count all the books in the house. They're stashed in the unlikeliest places - anywhere that could double up as storage. I'm sure there are some batches I've forgotten about, and I'll find them only when we move.

There are two encyclopedia sets at my mum's that provided my growing self with endless reading material. I plan to bring them over sometime, because, even though they're decades out of date, they still make for exciting reading and viewing (some of the photos are Pulitzer material).