According to the Global Language Monitor, a San Diego-based linguistic consultancy, there will be one-million words in the English language this summer, keeping the current rate of progress in mind. GLM uses its own algorithm, the Predictive Quantities Indicator that measures the language as found in print, electronic media, and on television and radio. While GLM's estimated number is not universally accepted, it is less doubted that the average vocabulary of an educated native English speaker is about 24,000 to 30,000, with an active vocabulary of just 10% of it or so. * "Up to 20 per cent of the words used by Global Language Monitor come from hybrids such as Chinglish and Japlish. Words from Chinglish include the business terms "drinktea", meaning closed, and "torunbusiness", meaning open. Bushisms such as "uninalienable" and 'misunderestimate' are included."
keyboard shortcuts: V vote up article J next comment K previous comment