November 16th, 2007 - by Golgotha

Here’s some fun facts for Friday from Stuart Flexner’s I Hear America Talking book.

According to Flexner, there are an estimated 600,000 words in our English language — but the average American only understands around 2 to 3 percent of them and actually uses only half that amount. Flexner says, “Just 10 basic words account for over 25% of all speech and 50 simple words for almost 60%, with between 1,500 and 2,000 words accounting for 99% of everything we say.” The most commonly used word is I, followed by you, the and a. Of our written language, Flexner says, “is only a little more varied than our spoken one, 70 words making up 50% of it.”

4 Responses to “How’s Your Vocabulary?”

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Interesting tidbit: Even though there are only about 350 million people who use English as their mother tongue, more than half of the world’s technical and scientific periodicals as well three quarters of the world’s mail, and its telexes and cables are in English, and about 80% of the information stored in the world’s computers (such as this text) are also in English.

Link: http://hypertextbook.com/facts/2001/JohnnyLing.shtml

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[…] ha ha.) I had a lot of trouble finding statistics on word usage in internet chat, but I did find this link, which seems to corroborate what I found. I’m guessing me and my friends are fairly […]

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Interesting statistics. I think in each language “I” is the most commonly used word. Everyone prefer “I” than “you”.

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I have never known about that. I think that is normal in all languages.

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