% of English words from Latin and Greek

Eric Nielsen ericbarnak at GMAIL.COM
Wed Nov 4 22:12:59 UTC 2009

It seems to me that if we count all of the Latin and Greek derived words
used in the various sciences--including social sciences, the percentage of
Latin/Greek words in the total English vocabulary would be very high. There
are many words that hardly see the light of day outside of their respective

I'm looking at a Systematic Botany reference book this moment, and I quite
randomly find: *syngenesious*--with stamens united by their anthers. Words
like this-and there are many- would push the percentage numbers up for Latin
and Greek derived words.

If the percentage count is of commonly-used words in English, I trust the
number would much lower.


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