Linguistic dark matter

Michael Quinion wordseditor at WORLDWIDEWORDS.ORG
Fri Dec 17 11:13:56 UTC 2010

Science reports on a massive searchable corpus created from some five
million books, now available on Google:

One report is here: . It quotes the researchers:

"We estimated that 52% of the English lexicon - the majority of words used
in English books - consist of lexical 'dark matter' undocumented in
standard references."

Michael Quinion
Editor, World Wide Words

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