A million English words, or only 600,000? Either way, it's a language packed with more words than you'll ever need

LanDi Liu strangeguitars at GMAIL.COM
Wed Jul 9 14:45:33 UTC 2008

On Wed, Jul 9, 2008 at 8:43 PM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at att.net> wrote:
> And one could point out how much more linguistic the 1590s were by
> dividing the times per word by the number of English speakers in the
> two periods.
> Joel

Especially if one only counted literate speakers.  One might assume
the unwashed masses weren't coining too many words.

Randy Alexander
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