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    the milionth word

    English contains more words than any other language on the planet and will add its millionth word early Wednesday, according to the Global Language Monitor, a Web site that uses a math formula to estimate how often words are created.

    English getting its millionth word Wednesday? - CNN.com


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    Re: the milionth word

    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    English contains more words than any other language on the planet and will add its millionth word early Wednesday, according to the Global Language Monitor, a Web site that uses a math formula to estimate how often words are created.

    English getting its millionth word Wednesday? - CNN.com

    I agree with the opinion further down in the article:
    "Some linguists say it's impossible to count the number of words in a language because languages are always changing, and because defining what counts as a word is a fruitless endeavor."

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    Re: the milionth word

    Paul J.J. Payack, president and chief word analyst for the Global Language Monitor, says, however, that the million-word estimation isn't as important as the idea behind his project, which is to show that English has become a complex, global language.

    "It's a people's language," he said.

    Other languages, like French, Payack said, put big walls around their vocabularies. English brings others in.
    What I like the most about the English language is how it connects the world, people from very different places, cultures etc. About 3 years ago, all I could say in English was "How are you?", now I have friends from 17 different countries, it's really nice to talk to other people without leaving our home. English has "blown up" many "Berlin Walls" out there. But, unfortunately some insist still on building more walls, bigger ones.

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