You are either not logged in or not registered with our community. Click here to register.
 
December 07, 2016, 10:11:53 PM

Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
Did you miss your activation email?

Login with username, password and session length

Click here if you are having problems.
Default Wide Screen Beige Lilac Rainbow Black & Blue October Send us your theme!

Hark!  The Herald!
Holiday Issue 2016

Wiki Blogs Dicebot

Author Topic: So, how large is it?  (Read 25041 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline Purple Dusk

Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #325 on: January 19, 2015, 05:52:10 AM »
Your total vocabulary size is estimated to be: 44,700 (hmmm, seems I can't post links - guess I'll come back and edit it another time)

Not sure if I really know that many, but I certainly don't think I'd use (or get the chance to use) even 1/10 of that!

Offline Z488411

Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #326 on: February 12, 2015, 08:42:56 AM »
Very impressive.

I just got 40000, but as a second language I'm still quite proud.

Offline DeadCell

Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #327 on: February 21, 2015, 05:08:38 PM »
I am actually quite pleased :)

Your total vocabulary size is estimated to be: 25,300 words

Offline Ember Star

Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #328 on: March 16, 2015, 06:34:43 PM »
34,300

Not bad.

Offline Mossberg

Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #329 on: March 16, 2015, 07:27:37 PM »
Huh.. I got 23,900.

Offline MHaji

Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #330 on: April 15, 2015, 03:23:58 PM »
40,100. I tried to only pick words where I could actually say an accurate definition aloud, and checked when I was uncertain that the definition was precise enough for my taste. Words that threw me included williwaw and cantle.

Offline Mikem

  • *Cancer Survivor*
  • Permabanned
  • Seducer
  • *
  • Join Date: Nov 2012
  • Location: In the damp and dreary Pacific Northwest
  • Gender: Male
  • No labels. I'm a Man and that's all that I am.
  • My Role Play Preferences
  • View My Rolls
  • Referrals: 0
Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #331 on: April 16, 2015, 02:22:02 AM »
Estimated 20,100 words.

Well aren't I just at the bottom of the native speakers ladder.

New estimate of 23,000 words. I gained 2,900!   ;D

Offline Sir Percival the Gallant

Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #332 on: April 17, 2015, 06:26:19 PM »
'Your total vocabulary size is estimated to be: 39,200 words.'

Not bad—I thought I'd have scored less. It certainly helps to know Latin and Greek, as well as another modern European language, especially French (which I do, plus a smattering of Italian). But even then, English writers have long obsessed over verbal precision, and knowing these languages does not always clarify, or even point to, the meaning of all the English words we have borrowed from them. Our wordstock is so huge and diverse, especially considering all the jargon, that there is nothing of it but to have a dictionary close to hand to learn the meaning, and likely the pronunciation, too. Many other languages are more content to assign a specific technical sense to a word that has long been familiar, whereas English often prefers to borrow a foreign word or construct one from Classical roots. Though I especially love Old English/Anglo-Saxon for aesthetic reasons, I really wish sometimes that English had evolved more like German (or even more extreme, like Icelandic), with a retention of much of the native vocabulary, and a reliance on native roots to construct longer, more complicated words (or multiple words). Spelling would be much easier, grammar would probably be more consistent, and it would be easier to learn more complicated words since they'd derive from native shorter words and affixes. Of course, there would be no Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton or any of the other greats as we know them, but I'd still prefer it.

A word of comfort and encouragement, too, to those dissatisfied with the size of their vocabularies: a large vocabulary is no guarantee of being a skilful writer, though it certainly can help. On good writing, H.W. Fowler remarks in Modern English Usage in 'Love of the Long Word' that, 'It is a general truth that the short words are not only handier to use, but more powerful in effect; extra syllables reduce, not increase, vigour. This is particularly so in English where the native words are short and the long words are foreign,' and, 'Good English does consist in the main of short words.' Now, I'm guilty, as many others are, of waxing pedantic, but as the years have passed, I've come to appreciate simpler writing. Much of that opinion was my experience in the academic world. Simple language allows a writer to connect a genuine level with a reader and establish trust. Loading diction with polysyllabic monstrosities and foreign vogues creates what feels like veil after veil of disconnexion. At extremes, it's an author's descent into solipsism. A doubting writer can easily hide behind such diction when others offer criticism.

So, sure, learn those weird words if you like (I enjoy it, just because they're exotic), but trust in the everyday. It will serve you well.
« Last Edit: April 18, 2015, 04:08:09 PM by Sir Percival the Gallant »

Offline Aethereal

Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #333 on: May 29, 2015, 04:02:20 AM »
       Estimated 36,700 words. Higher than I thought, given that English is my third language. (Several of those words were of the kind I had literally only encountered once and looked up ... luckily, I've a good memory.)
       

Offline Verina

Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #334 on: July 03, 2015, 09:04:37 PM »
Hmm... 33,600
Bigger then I expected, but some of those words just didn't look like English, or modern English anyway.

Offline persephone325

  • E's Resident Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier Addict | Howling's Dagger | Resident Wiccan | Proud Echelon | Winter Widow | Mab's Sister, separated at birth | Princess Persephone, if you prefer
  • Dame
  • Addict
  • *
  • Join Date: Jul 2012
  • Location: Romania...Russia...Siberia
  • Gender: Female
  • Ready to comply...
  • My Role Play Preferences
  • View My Rolls
  • Referrals: 1
Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #335 on: July 04, 2015, 01:13:20 AM »
Wow... I...feel so uneducated compared to everyone else.

I only got 20,200... I think some words I didn't check off because I didn't know how to pronounce them when I saw them. But I bet if someone read them off to me, I'd be able to check off more.

Offline FionaM

Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #336 on: July 06, 2015, 06:32:16 PM »
30,300

Offline Celestial_Majestic

Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #337 on: July 11, 2015, 11:01:08 PM »
28,800

That last column surely had some made up words in it XD

Offline Mirberry

Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #338 on: July 11, 2015, 11:17:30 PM »
31,400
this actually surprises me just a touch, I had no idea I had that large a vocabulary spectrum honestly

Offline Christine

Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #339 on: September 24, 2015, 03:45:02 AM »
The fact that I know most of the hard words, yet can't use them properly in normal language tells me so much about the uselessness of standardized tests I had to cram these for.

Offline Yarnover

Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #340 on: September 25, 2015, 10:39:41 AM »
30,200. I'm really surprised to get such a high number!

Offline Leki

Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #341 on: October 04, 2015, 12:17:04 PM »
Looked at the first page and though "This is easy"
Got to the second page... and... Oh dear me xD
21,400 words, so I guess it's not abysmal, but kind of sad compared to what others here have gotten.
I guess that's what happens when you stop reading at 15 >_<

But yeah, third column... I felt like I was reading a list of foreign words xD

Offline Firethem

Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #342 on: October 15, 2015, 11:50:49 AM »
27 000

There were many french roots in some of those words, which helped. I found it funny when the test told me that as a second language, most people know around 2500-9000 words. I guess video games sure helped me a lot XD

Offline theLeslie

Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #343 on: October 16, 2015, 04:09:30 PM »
I got 33,400 words, but I feel like I cheated.  Many of these words I only knew because of role playing games.

Neat test, though.  I thought it was easy till the last page, then I was pretty sure none of those were real words.

Online AmberStarfire

  • Rogue Starlight ~ Fantasy Novelist ~ This Is Who We Are ~ Scully to his Mulder
  • Dame
  • Carnite
  • *
  • Join Date: Aug 2008
  • Location: Somewhere that makes me smile
  • Gender: Female
  • ❤ Snuggler of the Wyld and Hairy ❤
  • My Role Play Preferences
  • View My Rolls
  • Referrals: 1
Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #344 on: October 16, 2015, 05:02:46 PM »
28,500
words

It's been quite a while since I last took the test so I figured I would again and see if there had been any change.

This time I got 31,200 words, so a bit better this time.

Offline SoldadoM

Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #345 on: October 16, 2015, 10:26:18 PM »
I feel pretty good about my 33,200.

Offline Kuroneko

Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #346 on: October 18, 2015, 01:49:16 AM »
My link isn't working either, but I also got 44,700.

Offline Zenkai

Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #347 on: October 29, 2015, 10:59:33 AM »
36,600. Not bad considering English is my 3rd languague  ;D I guess knowing some pig latin helped.

Offline Harper Agent

Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #348 on: November 03, 2015, 07:11:05 AM »
I only know five words.

Offline Datsun

Re: So, how large is it?
« Reply #349 on: November 17, 2015, 04:08:30 PM »
30,900. Some of the words in the third column I've never even heard spoken let alone understand! Fun little quiz though.